Category Archives: Career Advice

How A Sample Resume Can Help Your Job Search

There are so many people nowadays that are struggling with writing their resume. Prospective employers like to see resumes that capture their attention. A sample resume needs to be set up where your phone will be ringing off the hook so much you become overwhelmed.  Most people that are looking for a job don’t realize what it takes to write a quality resume to get their foot in the door. They just write it and send it off, hoping they get a response.

When that doesn’t work, they hire the cv writer of a resume service.  This service is supposed to be top notch.  However after shelling out hundreds of dollars to impress, nothing happens.  You are still sitting by the phone waiting for a prospective employer to call you.  So much for that.  You just wasted lots of money for a change that never materialized.

What you should do is have a sample resume that you can work with.  Not just any sample resume.  You need one that can help you catapult to  the top of the list.  Having one is a good idea because you can copy that and get ideas about what you are going to say.  When they get the new and improved one, your phone will ring nonstop.

Getting your foot in the door is very important if you want be noticed by prospective employers.  

With today’s job market, competition is tight and very fierce.  So if you have one strand of hair out of place, you will be put in the discard pile with the rest of them.  That is not where you want to be.  The more your resume gets tossed to the side, the more you get discouraged.  It’s not easy to send out resumes after you have used a sample resume only to find out you’ve been rejected again.

Of course, you will need to keep an open mind about everything and know that your situation will turn around for the better.  Sometimes you may feel that you are doing the right things with the sample resume, but in reality you are probably missing something else.  One of the first things you need to do is ditch the status quo.  Even though you are using a sample resume, you still need to get rid of the junk that you don’t need.

Don’t you want your phone to ring off the hook?  

Why hasn’t your foot landed in the door?  You must focus solely on doing that.  Even with the sample resume, you may have to tweak some things and make some changes.  You can’t continue to do the same thing and get different results.  That is called insanity.  You are insane if you think that you won’t have to make changes to your resume approach.  You will have to march to the beat of a different drum.

You can make it happen and it won’t take you all day to do it either.  So stop struggling and learn to be one of those in the small percentage bracket that can turn things around for the better and soon you’ll be hearing your phone ring a lot!

The Cube has destroyed my dreams

In college, I used to have hopes and dreams of my post college world. What big company would I work for? What meaningful projects would I be involved with? What kind of amazingly interesting people would I meet? I would be working, but it would be what I wanted, and it would be fun. I’m not sure how everyone else would mess it up, but I would break free from the grind, and enjoy what I was doing, and look forward to getting up in the morning to start my day.

As a graduate with an IT degree, and some web knowledge I was ready for what the world had to offer. The first job was some low level web work in a small office. I had my own little corner. It was part of a double cube that I shared with someone in almost the same exact same situation. Things were shaping up nicely, and I assumed I was on my way to success.

Nothing achieved in my cube was that impressive, but that’s normal for a first job, right? You get your foot in the door, keep paying your dues, make a few friends in the industry, and prove your worth in general. Sooner or later, you would naturally move up some sort of ladder, and find yourself in a position of some worth. The things you said would matter to people within the company, and you would be able to make some important decisions.

I wish I knew how wrong I was. I’ve seen it work like that in the movies, but no, I was just wrong. For some people the cube is just a temporary stop on their path to something meaningful. Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s a very long stay in a place we’d rather not be, doing things we’d rather not do.

Having been a cubicle dweller for quite some time now, I realize just how hard it is to break free and move on to bigger and better things. It has become a trap, and a destroyer of my dreams. It manages to suffocate my thought, and extinguish my hope.

I sit here and wonder how it all went wrong, and if I should embark on a life long quest to find the creator of the office cube, and kill his mom before he is ever conceived. Yes, perhaps I’ve seen The Terminator too many times, but I am driven to this level of thought by the cube induced insanity.

The only thing that keeps me going is the fact that I see lots of other people going through the same thing. I used to think that a cube was a transitory phase of your work history. A step on the way to greatness. After meeting several 50+ year old co workers also trapped in the cube, I now realize that I’m not special. Most jobs are in a cube. There’s just not enough space for everyone to have an office, so only the top few get one.

A cubicle is not always temporary, sometimes that’s just the way it is. You have a cube job. Your dreams of an office with an actual door are now gone. You’d better get used to it, and learn to deal with your tiny surroundings. The cubicle now owns you, and your dreams will be reshaped and bent to the will of 3 little walls.