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boxfiddler Moderator
to review and critique my resume, please. Needs updating... Aaauurggghhh. :0

I could definitely use help with a cover letter, too. I hate those things, and think I don't do them well.

Resume needs to be as 'open-ended' as possible, appealing to a wide variety of kind of techie things. I like (and am qualified for) bookkeeping/accounting type work, teaching, tutoring, and very light-weight tech support.

Peer me if you're willing.
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    santeewelding

    Stopped thinking about it.

    If, say, I were to "help" with any but surface effects -- spelling, grammar, et cetera (in which you already excel) -- then I would be coming through when it's you that need to come through, in your own way. You are who prospective employers are looking for, aren't they?

    I think this holds for anyone thinking to help.

    Me? I got faith in you.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Getting 'me' into a cover letter that won't freak out prospective employers... :^0

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    santeewelding

    If you are rattled, is no time to fake composure in a cover letter.

    Get drunk, first; sleep it off; then try.

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    CG IT

    just the facts ma'am, just the facts.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    This evening I'll add the bit about my current job, then send it your way. :)

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    CG IT

    with Skills and Accomplishments highlighted at the top of the resume.

    Current profession description
    Broad or specialized expertise
    Breadth, depth, mix of skills
    Environments in which you have experience

    Then go on to list who you've worked for that shows you have the experience that you summarized.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    My revamp gave me 3 pages worth (it had been functional at the request of my last three jobs). A complete redo is obviously at hand.

    I needed that. :)

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    TobiF

    With such different directions, it could be good to prepare several CVs.

    Why not first make a master CV, where you try to include experience and achievements in different areas. (And this is pretty much what you'd upload in your profile on Monster, LinkedIn, JobServe etc.)

    But when you apply with a specific company or for a specific position, then you better tailor your cv towards this particular area by removing unnecessary stuff and thus leaving in more "relevant" achievements.

    Avoid using a pre-written cover note.
    The idea of that letter is to briefly explain how your achievements, experience and knowledge relate to the particular position you're applying for. (And this should be done in just a couple of paragraphs.)

    Anyway, that's my general view. You will need to adjust for local culture.

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    santeewelding

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    OH Smeg

    You'll have to work it out yourself otherwise I'll steal your Identity.

    Remember HAL 9000 Davette.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    You only get a thumb because I don't want the HAL unit shoving me out an airlock.

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    of having a master copy of a cover letter and then editing it to suit each position that you're applying for. I also use a master copy of my resume then add/remove or expand on certain areas depending on the job applying for. If I'm applying for somewhere that is looking for someone for their accounting department, I push my accounting experience to the top with my cashier experience right underneath. Generally at the bottom, I mention that I have above average computer skills (considering I'm just an Administrative Assistant) unless it's a tech shop, then I just say average them tech guys would see right through me !

    If you need help getting the first draft together, peer mail, I'd be glad to help :)

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    seanferd

    and that I'm not unsympathetic, but I would be up the wrong tree on this occasion.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    is an attitude boost. :)

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    AV .

    Each should emphasize your strong points in a particular type of work. You could have a bookkeeping/Accounting resume, teaching resume and tech support resume. I agree with everyone else here that a functional resume would be a good idea for you.

    Each job you apply for should have its own unique cover letter. You have to sell yourself in that letter and if you can grab the reader's attention in the first paragraph or two, they'll look at your resume.

    Tell them how you are an excellent match for their exciting opportunity and then mention a particular aspect of your experience that would benefit the company. Pick out some key phrases in their job posting/description and use them in your cover letter. Research what the company is doing and tell them how you could be such an asset in helping them achieve their goals. Now is the time to **** your own horn.

    HR is there to screen you out and they don't have much time to read, so the first couple of paragraphs in your cover letter have to grab them.

    AV

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    It's the cover letter I dread. I'm a lousy 'toot my own horn-er'.

    I'm still working on revamping the resume. I'll send it around as soon as I'm happy with it.

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    santeewelding

    You are both the horn and the toot. Cover letter ain't nothing special. You have been writing "cover letters" all over this place for years.

    Toot, horn.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    People here at TR are the best. Revamp in progress, I'll send it to you all when finished. The cover letter is going to take longer...

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    JamesRL

    That cover letters should be written from scratch for every job you apply to.

    Sure having a general idea of what to say is good, and in many cases people don't read them, but the cover letter is the opportunity to sell them on why you are applying and what you have to offer.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    On the way to you kind folks. Many thanks for your input.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'm employed again.

    Interesting, work from home position. I'll be working at implementing ExStream software at TPSi, Tulsa.

    Learn a new skill and work from home. How much better can it get?

    I'd give you guys a bazillion thumbs if TR would let me. You ROCK!

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    seanferd

    Good for you. I'm very happy to read that you have found something that looks good to you.

    Yay!

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    TobiF

    Good luck on your new position!

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    OH Smeg

    Work from Home bit at least as it's a Trap to suck you in.

    You end up doing far more than what you are actually paid to do so watch out.

    Things start off with it's only going to take a minute or so to do whatever and very quickly that blows out to hours of unpaid work per day.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    That's exactly how web-based teaching was. :0

    At this moment, I'm just seriously overjoyed to have work again.

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    maecuff

    Go Boxy, go boxy..it's your birthday..

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    Michael Jay

    but so glad to hear that you got work again, you go girl.

    Hugs

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    AV .

    Thats great and you get to work at home too! YAY! It sounds like a great opportunity to learn ExStream software.

    AV

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I thought about printing up the User Manuals and Documentation, as I work better from book to computer than I do switching back and forth between windows. :0 2,000+ pages!

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    AV .

    You probably need to have it in some form. Electronic is probably better being that its 2000 pages long. It isn't as comfortable a read, but its easier to search.

    AV

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    NexS

    I don't know what ExStream, TPSi OR Tulsa is, but way to go!

    When do you start?

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    by telephone. I've the software installed and exploring it now. I'm in receipt of a couple of experimental databases, plus the database the company uses, sans records. I'll fill in my own info to play with.

    I've got a lot to learn, not least of which is about their operation. I need a lot more info, some document samples, and overview of how they want to employ this software (including a prioritzed list of functions). Lots and lots to do and learn. If I can't figure out a few decent documents that meet their needs in a month, I'll be on the dole again. (My time frame...)

    I have a small amount of leeway here, as the company is owned by a relative. Given that, if I can't perform, I'm sure not going to fudge about for a few weeks just for cash flow. I like my relatives. :)

    http://tpsitulsa.com/home

    http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/prodserv/software/eda/products/hpexstream.html

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    NexS

    From what I can gather, Exstream is like a file management system. Is this a true statement?

    Your new position, is it similar to a consultant? With the fact that, if you cannot supply a solution to them by the deadline, then you will no longer be employed sounds like an entirely dusted-from-their-hands situation...

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'll be an employee if I am happy with what I can learn and produce within a month.

    Not a file management system, though I can see as how you'd think that. Document creation and production across multiple platforms, using input from just about anything you can find on the web or your computer and directly tied to business database. At least as far as I can tell at this point.

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    NexS

    A document management system, at my current place of work, called 'Livelink' by OPENTEXT.
    basically, it stores all manner of documents into a database, rather than using an NTFS filing system.

    Which kind of sounds similar.

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    santeewelding

    Stopped thinking about it.

    If, say, I were to "help" with any but surface effects -- spelling, grammar, et cetera (in which you already excel) -- then I would be coming through when it's you that need to come through, in your own way. You are who prospective employers are looking for, aren't they?

    I think this holds for anyone thinking to help.

    Me? I got faith in you.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Getting 'me' into a cover letter that won't freak out prospective employers... :^0

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    santeewelding

    If you are rattled, is no time to fake composure in a cover letter.

    Get drunk, first; sleep it off; then try.

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    CG IT

    just the facts ma'am, just the facts.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    This evening I'll add the bit about my current job, then send it your way. :)

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    CG IT

    with Skills and Accomplishments highlighted at the top of the resume.

    Current profession description
    Broad or specialized expertise
    Breadth, depth, mix of skills
    Environments in which you have experience

    Then go on to list who you've worked for that shows you have the experience that you summarized.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    My revamp gave me 3 pages worth (it had been functional at the request of my last three jobs). A complete redo is obviously at hand.

    I needed that. :)

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    TobiF

    With such different directions, it could be good to prepare several CVs.

    Why not first make a master CV, where you try to include experience and achievements in different areas. (And this is pretty much what you'd upload in your profile on Monster, LinkedIn, JobServe etc.)

    But when you apply with a specific company or for a specific position, then you better tailor your cv towards this particular area by removing unnecessary stuff and thus leaving in more "relevant" achievements.

    Avoid using a pre-written cover note.
    The idea of that letter is to briefly explain how your achievements, experience and knowledge relate to the particular position you're applying for. (And this should be done in just a couple of paragraphs.)

    Anyway, that's my general view. You will need to adjust for local culture.

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    santeewelding

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    OH Smeg

    You'll have to work it out yourself otherwise I'll steal your Identity.

    Remember HAL 9000 Davette.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    You only get a thumb because I don't want the HAL unit shoving me out an airlock.

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    PurpleSkys Moderator

    of having a master copy of a cover letter and then editing it to suit each position that you're applying for. I also use a master copy of my resume then add/remove or expand on certain areas depending on the job applying for. If I'm applying for somewhere that is looking for someone for their accounting department, I push my accounting experience to the top with my cashier experience right underneath. Generally at the bottom, I mention that I have above average computer skills (considering I'm just an Administrative Assistant) unless it's a tech shop, then I just say average them tech guys would see right through me !

    If you need help getting the first draft together, peer mail, I'd be glad to help :)

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    seanferd

    and that I'm not unsympathetic, but I would be up the wrong tree on this occasion.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    is an attitude boost. :)

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    AV .

    Each should emphasize your strong points in a particular type of work. You could have a bookkeeping/Accounting resume, teaching resume and tech support resume. I agree with everyone else here that a functional resume would be a good idea for you.

    Each job you apply for should have its own unique cover letter. You have to sell yourself in that letter and if you can grab the reader's attention in the first paragraph or two, they'll look at your resume.

    Tell them how you are an excellent match for their exciting opportunity and then mention a particular aspect of your experience that would benefit the company. Pick out some key phrases in their job posting/description and use them in your cover letter. Research what the company is doing and tell them how you could be such an asset in helping them achieve their goals. Now is the time to **** your own horn.

    HR is there to screen you out and they don't have much time to read, so the first couple of paragraphs in your cover letter have to grab them.

    AV

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    It's the cover letter I dread. I'm a lousy 'toot my own horn-er'.

    I'm still working on revamping the resume. I'll send it around as soon as I'm happy with it.

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    santeewelding

    You are both the horn and the toot. Cover letter ain't nothing special. You have been writing "cover letters" all over this place for years.

    Toot, horn.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    People here at TR are the best. Revamp in progress, I'll send it to you all when finished. The cover letter is going to take longer...

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    JamesRL

    That cover letters should be written from scratch for every job you apply to.

    Sure having a general idea of what to say is good, and in many cases people don't read them, but the cover letter is the opportunity to sell them on why you are applying and what you have to offer.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    On the way to you kind folks. Many thanks for your input.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'm employed again.

    Interesting, work from home position. I'll be working at implementing ExStream software at TPSi, Tulsa.

    Learn a new skill and work from home. How much better can it get?

    I'd give you guys a bazillion thumbs if TR would let me. You ROCK!

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    seanferd

    Good for you. I'm very happy to read that you have found something that looks good to you.

    Yay!

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    TobiF

    Good luck on your new position!

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    OH Smeg

    Work from Home bit at least as it's a Trap to suck you in.

    You end up doing far more than what you are actually paid to do so watch out.

    Things start off with it's only going to take a minute or so to do whatever and very quickly that blows out to hours of unpaid work per day.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    That's exactly how web-based teaching was. :0

    At this moment, I'm just seriously overjoyed to have work again.

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    maecuff

    Go Boxy, go boxy..it's your birthday..

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    Michael Jay

    but so glad to hear that you got work again, you go girl.

    Hugs

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    AV .

    Thats great and you get to work at home too! YAY! It sounds like a great opportunity to learn ExStream software.

    AV

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I thought about printing up the User Manuals and Documentation, as I work better from book to computer than I do switching back and forth between windows. :0 2,000+ pages!

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    AV .

    You probably need to have it in some form. Electronic is probably better being that its 2000 pages long. It isn't as comfortable a read, but its easier to search.

    AV

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    NexS

    I don't know what ExStream, TPSi OR Tulsa is, but way to go!

    When do you start?

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    by telephone. I've the software installed and exploring it now. I'm in receipt of a couple of experimental databases, plus the database the company uses, sans records. I'll fill in my own info to play with.

    I've got a lot to learn, not least of which is about their operation. I need a lot more info, some document samples, and overview of how they want to employ this software (including a prioritzed list of functions). Lots and lots to do and learn. If I can't figure out a few decent documents that meet their needs in a month, I'll be on the dole again. (My time frame...)

    I have a small amount of leeway here, as the company is owned by a relative. Given that, if I can't perform, I'm sure not going to fudge about for a few weeks just for cash flow. I like my relatives. :)

    http://tpsitulsa.com/home

    http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/prodserv/software/eda/products/hpexstream.html

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    NexS

    From what I can gather, Exstream is like a file management system. Is this a true statement?

    Your new position, is it similar to a consultant? With the fact that, if you cannot supply a solution to them by the deadline, then you will no longer be employed sounds like an entirely dusted-from-their-hands situation...

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    I'll be an employee if I am happy with what I can learn and produce within a month.

    Not a file management system, though I can see as how you'd think that. Document creation and production across multiple platforms, using input from just about anything you can find on the web or your computer and directly tied to business database. At least as far as I can tell at this point.

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    NexS

    A document management system, at my current place of work, called 'Livelink' by OPENTEXT.
    basically, it stores all manner of documents into a database, rather than using an NTFS filing system.

    Which kind of sounds similar.