Goodbye, dream job…

Yep, it’s true. The dream job I started in 2016 has come to an end (TLDR: the position was moved overseas so my contract wasn’t renewed) Sniff sniff…I’m gonna miss you.

BUT that means I’ve been sharpening my job-hunting skills, hounding recruiters, punching up my resume and scouring the Web for good job sites and other resources. In this episode we’re going to cover the following recommendations:

Make a kick-butt resume

There are great online resources for creating a great resume, but here’s a few of my personal preferences and opinions on what makes a good/bad resume:

  • Keep it short but sweet. Personally I think resumes should be three pages or less. If you had me a 17-page autobiography I’m going to suggest you get an agent and sell your novel on

  • It should be readable – using cartoon-letter fonts and mixed font sizes is not "creative" – it’s an assault on eyeballs. 12-13pt font is awesome. 10 hurts. 16 is shouting.

  • Are you human? – I really like to see an "Interests/Hobbies" section with things you do not related to work – what sports/instruments you play, charitable groups you’re involved in, family activities, etc. It’s a great conversation starter and often used as a way to remember you once the interview is over. "Yeah, I really liked the guy who had the side gig as a juggler…he had some funny stories!"

  • Consider a "fake" phone number – if you’re going to be submitting your resume to "cattle call" sites, you might want to use a Google Voice number as you might get a lot of calls. Many of those calls can be spammy and/or about positions you don’t care about (see next section for more info).

  • Consider a "fake" email address – playing off the point above, if your resume is getting passed around you might end up on every spam list known to man. If you own a domain you might want to create a "jobs@" address outside of your primary one to keep clutter to a minimum.

On the menu for next episode:

  • Finding a job (good sites and resources to aid your search)

  • Interviewing for a job (how to be awesome at writing and speaking, as well as tips for being humble and thankful)

Written by: Brian Johnson

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