(I'm doing this so I can get a clear vision of where to aim the resume'; I'm going to tell my boss, if he asks, that I'm doing it as an exercise for counseling. :) )

While riffling through my email for my 10 year old resume' I found an old email from Pink Magazine, which is a defunct publication aimed at women in business, and this email had a link to a resume' website. Apparently, step one in writing a resume', according to Pongo, is summarizing your Value Proposition. You are a marketable object that you are trying to sell to a potential employer and you want them to know what you have that will be of value to them. Since I can't sit down with a Word document and make any sense, I have come here. However, Pongo is making me feel inadequate as they seem to be aimed at people with professional degrees, of which I have none, so, here I go....

(One more aside- it's safe to look at the boy butts again, they have pulled their pants up and seem to be adopting a serious 80s vibe.)

I am a footloose hippy creative type person who likes to sing and dance. Life is Art!! It's everywhere. Trees, buildings, grass, rocks, even cockroaches which are my least favorite known life form. Tardigards are awesome. I wish they were bigger.

I just deleted the end, I'm getting tired and the writing was spewing out depressed words again.

I'm giving it to the Universe. Do what you will.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 13, 2018 at 3:05pm

In my experience, resumes need to be targeted for a specific audience.   Generic resumes are a waste of pixels and so is sending a resume targeted at say administrative work to someone who is looking for a sales person, book keeper or big shoe wearing, juggling clown.

IMO, the firstest thing you need to do is decide WHAT you want to do and then go after THAT.  Know what I mean, Jellybean???

Comment by Phyllis on February 13, 2018 at 5:30pm

I do, Amy. This one is going into the system where I currently work, and is going to be used to get another on campus job. I just don't know what yet because I haven't been looking at the listings. 

What I really want to do? Be conventionally unemployed and supporting myself with my innate talents. My problem is that I'm afraid that I'll fail if I try.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 13, 2018 at 7:11pm

when I used to compete, what I'd think about is what I was doing, applying my skills specifically.  so it's not about the win or the loss.  it's about the doing.

focusing on fear is a way of stopping yourself.  so write the resume.  don't judge it.  not today.  reread it tomorrow.  it's a process, everything is a process.  you're just doing your part.  you keep working at it, you'll come up with a resume you like.  it's not going to happen in five minutes or one day. don't judge, don't force, let it come. 

Comment by Phyllis on February 14, 2018 at 12:33am

You're right about the fear, Monkey. I'm going to write the resume', I'll be getting my job description today. And I'm going to trust the Universe to give me what's right for me. I hope it involves travel. 

And a new shed.

Comment by greenheron on February 14, 2018 at 7:42am

I've sat on dozens of search committees. Resumes that lead to an interview tend to be ONE page–18 pagers, 100% of the time, are skimmed for the first two pages if that, then dumped. Also as Amy said, stay to the point and focused on the particular position. Organized. Tight descriptive summaries, no rambling, three sentences each skill, tops. Personally, I'm always impressed when someone researches our institution, highlights what they like about us, and explains why/how they feel they are a great fit.

As important as your CV is your cover letter...don't forget that. Steer clear of anything overly personal....ixnay on the tree loving hippie stuff. They will find that out after they hire you and love you for it, but not good to lead with that.

Good luck! And Happy Valentine's day!

Comment by alsoknownas on February 14, 2018 at 8:54am

I think you've received some very good advice in the prior responses.

Comment by Anna Herrington on February 14, 2018 at 9:22am

Tardigards *are* awesome, although rather weird looking.... I had no idea.

The 'Who Am I' exercise is like the 'I Am From' poem template in certain ways - to me, anyway.... both rely on clear internal self identity and stating to the world your internal makeup and person and history, so to speak...something I've never been very good at expressing in specific words...or 'the baggage' tends to come out on top of the true me...

while resumes/CV seem so much easier, in a way:  your job skills and related interests, work achievements and history, schooling. Already your outer world person/a.

Good luck with it all - a good goal!

And I found your 'who am I' very interesting, P.   Loved it. 

Comment by J.P. Hart on February 14, 2018 at 12:17pm

Often I cut and paste Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. lyrics and transmit it as resume. 

Occasionally favoring my curriculum vitae on  91/2" X 11" typewriter scrolls for positions that sound well compensated and entertaining with outlier luxurious perks to keep my acute aesthetic ennui at arms-length.

Phyllis, always insist on a limitless corporate credit card before any fist-bump or handshake! Also, demand off-premise(s) interview at a restaurant of your choice.

Comment by Phyllis on February 14, 2018 at 5:52pm

greenie, thank you! I will be starting to put it together tomorrow and will keep that in mind. What size font should I use?

aka, I agree. :)

Anna, thank you! I really do love those tardigards, they just make me smile. I understand about the baggage, I think I need to keep practicing this until I can write a baggage free bit of prose. It's harder than it looks.

J.P., can you be my agent?

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