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Old 05-05-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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I, like so many people, am looking for a job.

I am finishing up another degree and am just putting my feelers out there for employment. Thankfully I am not in a huge rush, but would really like to be employed sooner rather than later.

So my question for you is this....

Most places I am submitting my resume specifically say no phone calls in the postings. They want a resume and CV, that is it. What if I take the resume to them and submit in person? Is this against etiquette these days?

Honestly, I have been a SAHM for a while and my resume does not really highlight what a great asset I would be to any team. IF I can get an interview, I know I am okay. At this point, with so many people fighting for such few spots, I am hoping for some ideas on how to stand out. I am wanting to get my foot in the door and am willing to work incredibly hard.

Thoughts??
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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I, like so many people, am looking for a job.

I am finishing up another degree and am just putting my feelers out there for employment. Thankfully I am not in a huge rush, but would really like to be employed sooner rather than later.

So my question for you is this....

Most places I am submitting my resume specifically say no phone calls in the postings. They want a resume and CV, that is it. What if I take the resume to them and submit in person? Is this against etiquette these days?

Honestly, I have been a SAHM for a while and my resume does not really highlight what a great asset I would be to any team. IF I can get an interview, I know I am okay. At this point, with so many people fighting for such few spots, I am hoping for some ideas on how to stand out. I am wanting to get my foot in the door and am willing to work incredibly hard.

Thoughts??
JM, its cutthroat out there right now and you have to do what you have to do.

If that means delivering your resume in person or something to that affect, then you do it. If you have to follow up and ask to speak to certain people in HR, then you do it.

Usually 9 times out of 10 when you email your resume it goes into a black hole. You have to be pushy to get what you want. Remember, the squeaky wheel.......

Be persistent (and professional), and don't give up on any opportunities.......there's too much competition out there right now who want the same thing you do...

just my .02

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Old 05-05-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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JM, its cutthroat out there right now and you have to do what you have to do.

If that means delivering your resume in person or something to that affect, then you do it. If you have to follow up and ask to speak to certain people in HR, then you do it.

Usually 9 times out of 10 when you email your resume it goes into a black hole. You have to be pushy to get what you want. Remember, the squeaky wheel.......

Be persistent and don't give up on any opportunities.......there's too much competition out there right now who want the same thing you do...

just my .02
I concur. Dress nicely, don't take up too much of their time... Sounds like you will know how to be appropriate though... Good luck!
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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JM, its cutthroat out there right now and you have to do what you have to do.

If that means delivering your resume in person or something to that affect, then you do it. If you have to follow up and ask to speak to certain people in HR, then you do it.

Usually 9 times out of 10 when you email your resume it goes into a black hole. You have to be pushy to get what you want. Remember, the squeaky wheel.......

Be persistent and don't give up on any opportunities.......there's too much competition out there right now who want the same thing you do...

just my .02
Thanks very much for your input.

I guess the worst thing that could happen is that they won't take my resume...
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I totally agree! In fact, that is the strategy I am SUGGESTING to people. You may still not actually be able to shake hands w/ the person who will be reviewing your resume, but then again - you might! In any event, you are being proactive and someone may notice that.

GOOD LUCK!!!
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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Thanks very much for your input.

I guess the worst thing that could happen is that they won't take my resume...
No problem. I'm just being honest.

If you don't get it, at least you go down swinging.

Don't worry about stepping on toes (other candidates). They don't care about you. Worry about #1.

+1 to Gk, ALWAYS dress professional. Be courteus (sp?) but firm and ask for what you want. If you don't get face time the 1st time w/HR or the specific dept, ask for a specific name or names to follow up with......

Also, it can't hurt to butter up the receptionist or whoever the 1st roadblock is.....that usually gets me through the door when I make cold calls every once in a while.....you get more w/honey ya know......

Good luck and think positive!
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:09 AM
 
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A tip for you about the electronic resumes/cv's... make it unique. Don't use a word template. If you do use a word template... jazz it up and make it your own.

Clearly, no glitter or smiley faces... but if it's your one chance to get their attention, you better make sure it says all you want them to hear.

I've added a "professional summary" as the top header my papers. It replaces the more traditional "objective"... I explain the gap in my employment as well as my goals and I even mention salary.

I know from my years in employment/HR that people barely take the time to read a resume, much less a long cover letter or email... unless, of course, they specifically request such formality.

I have very good response to my electronic resume submissions using the same thinking. My resume has some very light (printable) shading in areas. I have PDF and word doc formats. I have two pages with clear headings, bullets, subsections in quadrants/columns, and I include relevant paid experience, trainings, certifications, academic coursework, and skills/abilities.

It sounds like you are truly motivated and I send you best wishes. Good luck with your search. It's tough, isn't it?
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I would just like to add to the above suggestions:

Think of yourself as a product. You are just like a lot of other products out there...but, what would make someone like yourself pick YOU off the shelf and buy you? Is there something unique about you or your experience that you could highlight? You have to find a way to make your own niche.

As an example, my son is also looking for work. 10 years at Honda Financial Services, 10 years before that at Chick fil A. Not much different or unique there. BUT, he spent 3 years attending one of the most prestigious International Relations schools in Staffordshire, England. THAT is what he is highlighting. If a recruiter reads that, then, maybe he/she will read the rest.

hope that helps.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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In addition, I recommend creating a plain, text only (.txt) version of your resume (you can use Notepad or a similar text editor to do this).

This way, if you are filling in an online application for a job, you can cut and paste directly from your .txt file without having to worry about all of the extra code that your word processor dumps in there when you copy and paste from a .doc file.

The .txt file is a stripped down version that won't include any special formatting, but is a lifesaver for copying and pasting!
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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Thanks so much to everyone and all your wonderful suggestions.

I am going to sit down tonight and revamp my resume. It really is nothing special, so I am going to make it so.

This weekend I am going to buy a a great suit and am going to head to the law firms I know have some openings and try to get my resume to the right people.

Someone else suggested I just include my letters of recommendation with the resume so I guess I will do that to.
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