In what is becoming a near annual event, I’ve been laid off (this time by Dell) and am now looking for work. The neat thing now is that there are specific job related websites which allow you to apply for work with just a couple of mouse clicks (where was this a couple of years ago??). Anyway, I figured I’d post about my (mis)adventures here in trying to find a job which pays at least 40k a year.....and to see if you guys/gals have any good ideas.
Due to several years spacing between my freelance post-production days and working at Dell (by spacing I mean unemployment and temporary jobs), I went for a more “functional resume” detailing my IT and AV work, rather than a “chronological” one. I thought it looked nicely formatted and read well. I started applying and I even got an interview with ~STATSCAN (Statistics Canada). I’ll find out in a month and half if I got that one. So I went ahead and continued to apply for jobs, until I received this in my inbox;
“Thank you for forwarding your resume to my attention. I have reviewed the resume and although your skills look great, the way your resume reads currently it makes it very difficult to assess the level of experience you have or even where you have worked... I have attached our resume template to this email. Please take some time to format/migrate your resume into this template. Once this has been completed we will be able to more accurately access and match you to our current clientele. You will need to elaborate on your specific work experiences.”
Of course, I have nowhere near the experience they have listed on their template (been in IT for only a couple of years, and I have very little schooling in it). And for that matter, their four page(!) template looks UGLY. But, they’re a recruiting company, so I guess I shouldn’t too surprised.
I sent an E-Mail to them saying I’ll modify the resume using their format, although I will admit it certainly doesn’t make me happy with them (and I don’t know if I still should or not). But they’re a recruiting firm whose job it is to find others job, so it may prove useful in the end.
Anyway, that’s it for the time being. I will post more updates as they come, assuming people (and by people I mean CRZ and Guru) minds.
You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
I used a recruiting company once and they sent me a similar ugly template for me to fill in. They then extracted the info and crafted it into a neat, concise resume which fits their standard formatting. There were actually different versions of the resume for various types of positions. It seemed like a good system. This may be what this place is looking to do as well.
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