Not learning to write resumes

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
April 14, 2013 10:14am CST
I remember learning in college how to write a resume and cover letter. Now I remember the proffessors saying how mine was so low level, and I wouldn't find a job, and I need all this work. At the time I was working at the same job for about 7 years, so I had only written 1 resume in my life at 15, the rest of the jobs I was hired for this or that. So I always thought my resume was bad, when I have had to write a resume the past few years while applying, I go online and check before I send it in. But I always wonder how bad is mine, but I seem to get good hits off the resume anyways. My boss showed me this girls resume, she is my age, and I looked at it and goes dear god. It sounded like a 5 year old wrote it, my brother resume looks like it too actually (he got my sister and I to check it over). I know I didn't learn much in school how to do one, but I always check online, and even got the local job center to help me.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
14 Apr 13
I've only applied to a few jobs that needed a resume and when I filled one out I'd look online to make sure it was "up to par". I would keep a hardcopy on the computer but it's not guaranteed to stay on there. Even grocery stores (some) down here have you fill out a resume before even being considered.
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@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
14 Apr 13
Most have applications in the store, but they do want the resume and cover letter as well. It's odd, but it shows how prepared you are, and how you want the job. I always bring references with me, many don't ask but the ones that do said those are the people we will hire.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
14 Apr 13
One grocery chain down here, the application is online but if you don't put in a resume the system just won't let you continue. It does show that you are prepared and want the job because most won't go to the trouble for just a retail / grocery type job. References and a small job history (usually the last three places within the past however many years (I think max is like 5 years) is what is required on most applications. My references are all friends as for all but save three jobs, I've worked with them.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
30 Apr 13
I know most storees you can apply online as well, and it wont let you move on without a cover letter or resume. Many don't realize that, so showing up with a paper resume they wont accept. I usually have the same thing, my one coworker I use to work with, my seasonal boss, and sometimes a friend or two.
@BarBaraPrz (17331)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Apr 13
At one time, it was advised to put everything on your resume, such as clubs and awards, volunteer work, courses taken, etc. Anything under three pages, and the person just wasn't worth the time of day. Then it was advised to keep it to one page, the people doing the hiring didn't have all day to read your "novel".
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
14 Apr 13
I asked my boss he other day, seeing as most of my jobs I worked at for a number of years so it looks better than say 6 months, or 9 months then switching. I put relevent information even education most employeers (who want to keep their employees not like Tim Hortons), look at that, and my boss said this. Mine is 2 pages long, and it's not everything for example I applied for Pet Valu I didn't put that I have Smart Serve haha.
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@Frederick42 (2017)
• Canada
28 Apr 13
Learning to write a good resume is becoming more and more difficult. But nobody questions as to why we should write a good resume, in the first place. Nobody questions the connection between a resume and the job. Good resumes are needed and are considered to be a qualification for jobs because the employers do not know whom to select and how to select. There are so mnay people applying for the same job. Therefore, resumes are considered important. Your resume might actually have been good, but it was considered to be low level in comparison with other resumes.
@dorannmwin (36683)
• United States
16 Apr 13
I think that there are a lot of people that don't know how to write a resume and that is because of the fact that this is not something that is required learning when we are in school. For me, I don't know that my resume is perfect, but it is written in a professional tone and it does have proper grammar in it. I learned to write my resume from studying different examples of resumes that I've been able to find online.
@youless (86612)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Apr 13
When we were in the college, our teacher taught us how to write a resume. Since the teacher said a good resume will help us to get a good job. However, I think today my resume is already very outdated. I have worked for my current job for 13 years. And this is why I don't write new resumes any more. Fortunately today you can find many good resumes online. You can learn how to write your own resume according to these information. Good luck!
@GardenGerty (90227)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Apr 13
You are aware you might have problems and so you go for back up. Some things we learn in class are not necessary in the real world. I think the fact that you do check it online and having the job center assist was also good. The fact is, you are continuing to learn and that is attractive in an employee.