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Resume Clinic: A Sports Reporter Stretches Out

Despite the rise of Applicant Tracking Systems that seem hellbent on reducing each job candidate to a mathematical formula, the resume is not yet dead. With that in mind, we got a pro resume writer, with a background in media and entertainment recruiting, to tackle one MJD reader’s resume.

First, here’s the original (with the reader’s name and contact information edited out, obviously):
Resume: Jane, Sports Reporter

And here’s what Jane Ashen Turkewitz, founder and president of T & Jam Resume Services had to say about this sports reporter’s resume.

“Jane, constraining yourself to a one-page resume is kind of like squeezing yourself into a pair of size four jeans when you’re really a six. If you’ve been working for more than seven years — and you’ve been out there for even longer — you’ve got too much information to jam into a one-pager. Go to two.

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On Treating The Job Search Like A Job And The Power Of Positive Thinking

Y’all already know to treat your search like a job. You people are not the two-hour-and-twelve-minute wonders we wrote about last year.

So you do not need headhunter and resume writer Jane Turkewitz‘s reminder to treat your job search like a job.

But maybe you want to read her post anyway because it also contains a reminder NOT TO GET DISCOURAGED.

(Oops, sorry about the caps – got a little excited there.)

A laid-off media pro e-mailed Turkewitz and “made a terrific statement regarding his skills and how he would be an asset to any company who hired him. But, then he followed by saying ‘I am also terrible at finding a job.’”

Come on, people, remember positive thinking? Remember the Little Engine That Could?

Turkewitz continues:

If you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, scared, pissed off, or all of these things together—harness that energy and refocus it on the job you have in front of you. You may be UNEMPLOYED but your job right now is to create and execute a thorough plan that will result in a new position….

Any new product launch requires research. Right now, you’re the product.

2010 will be a year of great change and upheaval but we think you’re ready for it. Might we suggest taping the picture below to your bathroom mirror?

you are awesome
flickr: Torley

2009′s End Approaching. Write Your End-Of Year Report & Other Duties

Great tip via LetsTalkTurkey: As the end of the year approaches, take time to note your accomplishments. These can be things you accomplished on the job, as blogger Jane Turkewitz suggests, but we think you can extend this report to other professional development successes, even if you’re seeking a job right now. Say you volunteered on a PR campaign or did some freelance work. Or took a class.

Write this all down.

Turkewitz says:

I am working with a client right now on a resume who sent me some documents to help me to better understand who he is. In 2008 and now, for 2009, he wrote end-of-the-year progress reports outlining what he had personally accomplished during each fiscal session. Both write-ups were brilliant! They clearly illustrated how he had gone above and beyond the call of duty in terms of his day-in, day-out responsibilities. He’s now going to use these reports to negotiate for a bigger and better job.

Plus, having a “Yay me!” file will definitely help you feel better about work if and when things go sour later on.

We thought about it, and there are a few more things you should wrap up by the end of the year:

  • Reconnect with a colleague or mentor. It’s important to keep your network up to date, and important to have social relationships at work.
  • Read at least one book you wanted to read this year. Why not? Besides, media people are always being asked interview questions like “What’s the last book you read and why?” So make it a good one. No Dan Brown please.
  • Take care of money matters.If you have a job and can afford it, max out your 401(k). Review your automatic savings plans if you have them. Donate all that junk to charity and get a nice tax deduction. If you’re a freelancer, see if you’ll want any work-related expenses for 2009 or 2010, and make your purchases accordingly.

What else should you take care of by the end of the year?

A Friendly Reminder: Job-Search Scams Still Out There

Job-search scams are definitely still out there, ranging from full-on “oh we just need your social security number so we can run a credit check” ID theft to “buy our service and we will guarantee you a six-figure job.” Then there are just the weird ones, like the one commenter ceegee alerted us to: She sent her resume out to a company she didn’t know too much about, “and mysteriously telemarketers got a hold of the cell number that I use exclusively for my job search.” Slimy!

scam truck
flickr: jepoirrier

The latest egregious example of caveat jobseeker* is documented on Jane Turkewitz‘s blog. She got an e-mail from a service she signed up for months ago (using fake information in order to review the service) that basically said that you can have your resume sent to 6,000 recruiters for the low, low price of $269.

Jane writes:

The premise of this service is seriously flawed. First of all — how can they say that, if you sign up your resume will be confidentially sent to over 6,000 executive recruiters in 300 firms? Doesn’t the fact that it’s going out to 6000 people make it inherently not confidential?

Too, sending your resume to 6,000 recruiters in 70 countries is great if you like the carpetbomb approach, but jobseeking isn’t carpet bombing. We’ve said for ages that targeted is the way to go. Flacks wouldn’t send the same pitch to 6,000 reporters (well, okay, some do, but those are the pitches that get deleted), freelancers wouldn’t send the same query to 6,000 editors. There still exist web services that promise to “submit your site to 300 search engines” automatically—but we all know that being on Page 1 of Google is worth more than being on 299 other engines.

Buyer, and jobseeker, beware.

*Fake Latin is proven to make you sound smarter. If it’s not in @FakeAPStyleBook yet, it soon will be.

The Top Ten Things Interviewers Do To Piss You Off, And Why You Can’t Do Anything About It

Yes, yes, you should be grateful to have a job interview in this economy, blah blah blah, but that doesn’t mean you should be grateful to be treated like dirt.

So says Jane Turkewitz at Let’s Talk Turkey. In her latest post she covers all the rude things you might encounter—none of which should be unfamiliar to jobseekers—and what you can do about these issues.

Unfortunately, most of the solutions are along the lines of “just walk away”—pragmatic, yes, but it doesn’t feel as good as telling the interviewer off.

For example, if you don’t hear back from a company you interviewed with multiple times and you followed up multiple times (three “at the very most”)…write ‘em off, Jane says.

If a recruiter says s/he’ll forward your resume and then you never hear back, it’s likely because the client passed and the recruiter didn’t have the courage to tell you. Your solution? Don’t work with that recruiter anymore.

If you’re interviewing with someone incredibly rude (a Crackberry addict, an interviewer who’s late, etc), it’s probably not a good idea to flat-out ask that person to be less rude. Though you can certainly pull out your own phone before the interview and make a show of turning it off, hoping to shame the interviewer into doing the same. But in general, if you’re interviewing with a rude person, the best thing to do is learn whether you’ll be working closely with that person and decide whether you can stand him.

We hate to be flippant, because this is serious stuff, but it does underscore the fact that jobseekers hold none of the cards in this economy.

Though if we were to go Pollyanna on you, we’d say that the power of refusal—the one ace in your hole—may be the most powerful tactic of all.

RANT: Which Is Worse: CutieBabe88@Hotmail.com Or JaneDoe1234567@Gmail?

Oh, the e-mail address debate. Our favorite.

One would think that by now, everybody knows that “CutieBabe88″ is not an acceptable e-mail handle. (Yeah, that’s right. We said handle. Welcome back to 1996.)

Yet every so often we come across resumes of otherwise talented people who somehow missed the memo and are putting their personal e-mail addresses out there. Really bad idea.

A dot-com domain costs about $10 a year, and you can set it up so it looks exactly like Gmail, for free, if you like that sort of thing. So you really have no excuse for you@yourname.com.

If you have a really common name and you can’t think of a variation (middle initial? etc?) you get a pass, but the rest of you, if you need a new e-mail, should wait no more.

Jane Turkewitz at Let’s Talk Turkey brings up a different point about e-mail addresses, too. If your e-mail username is YourName@—but it ends in AOL.com, forget it.

I’m currently working on a resume for a writer/editor who is in her early 50′s. One of the biggest challenges that she’s having is that she wants to do more dot-com work but is afraid her age is going to hurt her…One of the first things I noted when starting her rewrite process is that she has an AOL email address.

Time to give up on the ol’ America OnLine.

Jane also linked to a counterpoint from a lawyer.

“I still use the email address I handpicked in 1993…It’s SHGLaw…Today, it would be SHGLaw318795 if I tried to get it again.”

3827997448_607f7fc069.jpgD’you think I can Telnet into the ol’ DARPAtubes from here? I mean, it’s got MS-DOS…and color! (thanks to flickr: dno1967)

Yes, SHGLaw318795@aol.com looks AWFUL, but you know what SHGLaw@aol.com says about you? (Cover your eyes if you’re easily offended.) It says you’re OLD. And since AOL mail pretty much sucks, it says that you don’t want to switch mail providers because a) it would be a “hassle” (translation: you’re entrenched) or b) it would require “learning a new system” (translation: you don’t know how to use computers).

If neither of these things are true, switch to something else STAT.

We would almost rather see an “unprofessional” address that at least had a bit of wit or humor to it than a stagnant one.

Not going to be shy about admitting that we judge people based on their e-mails.

What do you think?

Want A VisualCV? Quick, Before They’re Sued By Apple

VisualCV lets you put a more attractively formatted version of your resume out for the world to see.

Jane Turkewitz at Let’s Talk Turkey reviews the service, but points out that this promo ad looks eerily familiar:

Another Take On Salary Negotiating

Last week we wrote about getting the best salary offer. “Don’t name a number” was the prevalent wisdom there, and Jane Turkewitz says much the same thing in her latest post, How To Get The Upper Hand In Salary Negotiations, except for one crucial detail.

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