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Old 02-22-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default OT: How do you feel about online resume builders?

So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

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Old 02-22-2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.
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Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?
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dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.

I think it's Shanny in disguise.

I don't know about the resume' builders but the templates found in Word are very useful. Another thing you should probably look into are standard interview questions that can be found by doing a Google search. They might not be the exact same questions but many companies use similar concepts and getting your mind accustomed to thinking in that fashion will be beneficial to you.
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Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?
This is one of a 1000 other topics that don't coincide with football. However, this one is a little more useful than say...."I punched someone in the neck today."

The more people you ask the better.
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dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.
Cool, thanks for the help! Instead of making dumb comments, just don't click on the thread if you dont want to read it
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This is one of a 1000 other topics that don't coincide with football. However, this one is a little more useful than say...."I punched someone in the neck today."
I already love this thread.
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I think it's Shanny in disguise.

I don't know about the resume' builders but the templates found in Word are very useful. Another thing you should probably look into are standard interview questions that can be found by doing a Google search. They might not be the exact same questions but many companies use similar concepts and getting your mind accustomed to thinking in that fashion will be beneficial to you.
Thank you....at least someone can give an opinion w/out being a jackass. I have Mac, and they also have some templates. Thanks though
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If you decide to use a pre-made template I would alter it. Literally tens of thousands of people use those templates and recruiters can tell when you've just used a Word template.

You can use them to design your resume, but I recommend against using a Word template.

Also, does your school have a career services office? I am sure they could help.
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If you decide to use a pre-made template I would alter it. Literally tens of thousands of people use those templates and recruiters can tell when you've just used a Word template.

You can use them to design your resume, but I recommend against using a Word template.

Also, does your school have a career services office? I am sure they could help.
My school does have a career services dept. I was going to head in there, but i just wanted to get a feel for what people thought outside of the school and my friends and family. thnx
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Hmmm - I used a template to start - but customized it my way. I also re-write my resume to fit different jobs i'm applying for.
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Best thing after you give out the resume and get the interview is learn about the company. Interviewers love to hear about the interviewee knowledge of their company as it shows they want to work for them not just any company to get a paycheck. I need to be the jackass and ask if you will be applying at the Oakland Raiders front office?
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Best thing after you give out the resume and get the interview is learn about the company. Interviewers love to hear about the interviewee knowledge of their company as it shows they want to work for them not just any company to get a paycheck. I need to be the jackass and ask if you will be applying at the Oakland Raiders front office?
No, im not, but thanks
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Go to the Bookstore and drop some cash on a book with examples of successful resumes. Take good parts from all of them then tweak it to fit you. Thats another route if you are wary of online builders.
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Go to your local library and get a book that shows how to write a proper resume.

No shortcuts to getting a job these days.
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I used an online builder for mine, worked great.
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Go to your local library and get a book that shows how to write a proper resume.

No shortcuts to getting a job these days.
I agree. And while your at it, get a book on writing a good cover letter. Yah, I know, cover letters are not all the rage that they once were because "people just don't have time to read them...."

But, consider this: If your resume happens to be one that they are looking at. And you resume has a cover letter and the other guy's doesn't, well yah, then they'll read your cover letter because they want to know a little more about you.

Sure, your supposed to put a mission statement at the top or your resume. But that is not the same as a cover letter.

Anyhoo, JMHO.
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Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?
Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!
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Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!
QFT
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So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

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Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.
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Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.
Yep, nice suggestion.
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Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!
Great post Popps!
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Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.
Yea, actually I attended some that were free a few weeks ago. It seemed to help, but I am always worried about getting other opinions and examples. I guess I can't worry to much and just start working on narrowing it down. Thanks for the help
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Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!

Thanks for posting that actually.......I was just trying to get some other opinions, and after being here since '05, I noticed there was some helpful opinions out there.

Thanks again!
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So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

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Interviewers get less caught up in the particulars of resume design than we usually think they do. So, I don't think there are many incorrect templates to use so much as a few things to do... and not do.

I personally like to hit hard up top. I've never been shy about including a sort of bullet-point list of credentials and highlights right up top, and then and then following up with more traditional wording/structure.

Try to think of it as if you were the interviewer, and had to sift through a ton of resumes. You want yours to stand out as much as possible without being too experimental.
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