good resumes, bad resumes

today, my past as an employment counsellor is creeping up on me again. read all about it over at the job mob.

in my contribution, i’m asking: do you need help with resume writing?

if you’re looking for a job right now and it’s driving you crazy, maybe you’ll get some good ideas there.

and of course, you can also look at the recipe for a bad resume i posted a little while ago.

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

6 thoughts on “good resumes, bad resumes

  1. Mindi

    unfortunately in the lower mainland with the job market being an employees market these days- having a good or bad resume isn’t going to be one of the major deciding factors when appecting a person for the job that they apply for- which leads the applicant to believe that he/she has a good resume when in actuality, they may have a very weak resume.

    when i was put in charge of hiring/training my replacement, i was appalled at some of the resumes i saw- however, i was essentially forced to check all of those people out anyhow, because when you can afford to offer competitive wages like a non profit like us- you pretty much have to take what you can get to a certain extent. as an employer, it’s rather restricting, i find.

  2. suketu


    my name is suketu rashmikant amin from india

    i am a member of friend’s of isreal. i am a male nurse i am working in india in dheraj jeneral hospital in gujarat . i am now searching job in isreal as a old care persion care at home in isreal pls search for me job in isreal

  3. eeabee

    Resumes are such a hard thing for those of us who have trouble with self-esteem and saying positive things about ourselves. I also have to do narrative self-evaluations each year, which are similarly difficult.

    What I learned to do with resumes/job letters, ask a friend who knows me well to help me fill in the gaps (positive things that I’ve left out,since it’s a kind of self-sabotage to be secretive about accomplishments/strengths), and also I sometimes write a joke first draft in which I do all the things I am tempted to do (being negative about myself, non-assertive about my interest, not confident, self-deprecating, and so forth). It’s kind of fun and amusing and it gets a lot of it out of my system.

    This kind of topic is interesting because it’s an example of how some of us do really need to find ways to function in a world that values things we haven’t quite yet learned to be good at.

    Thanks for the topic!

    eeabee’s last blog post..Holiday Non-Cheer

  4. Dano MacNamarrah

    It’s serendipity for me to read this post, as I’m pondering my next move to gathering greenbacks.

    I’ve had the sort of aimless jobs that artists tend to have. From forgeries of my college Admissions Office’s director’s signature because she wanted people to believe that she personally signed every acceptance letter, to welding scenery for theatres and cruise ships.

    There’s a bit of a problem, now, as I plan my next move. Part of is that I’ve been on Disability, due to my mental health for about seven years. The other, is that I found after over twenty bouts of ECT, I cannot remember 2000-2003. Other bits and pieces are missing too.

    I’ve written about the re-education that’s offered to people with disabilities. Because I have a degree, this disqualifies me. So, it looks as if, at 43, I may have to put myself through school.

    Talking to one of the women who works for Circare really prompted this navel-gazing. I’d love library sciences, research, paralegal, forensics and more than I probably know exist.

    I read at least two books a week and in almost every one, I find grammar, punctuation or problems with actual words, such as the use of an unusual word more than once within a few pages, or a chapter. I’d love to edit, but have no degree. Also, I’ve no clue about grammatical terms, but I can spot an incorrect sentence structure.

    As of now, I’m leaning toward MRI Technician. The pay is great, as well as the health benefits. I’d get to work with people, but the imaging takes a while, so I’d have “down time”.

    I hadn’t thought about a career counsellor. How brilliant! A while back, I had to take a four hour psych test, which included an inventory of job-type questions. The results were a blinding glimpse into the obvious about what I’d hate, such as being a car salesperson, or a boss. What it failed to do, however, was tell me what kind of jobs I should love.

    I scored high for such industries as social worker/therapist, but I know that they would tear me apart. Teaching and research were also possibilities. But how does one become the latter? I’ve done the former. Visually related jobs would be another good fit, which I’d done quite a few of.

    My conundrum has been solved. I need a counsellor!

    Dano MacNamarrah’s last blog post..Palin’s Pastor; The Witch-Hunter.

  5. isabella mori

    hi dano – what a coincidence; you probably saw that i just linked to you in my latest post.

    too bad you weren’t in vancouver in the last 12 years. until last july, we had a great program here, a find-yourself-and/or-a-job program for artists.

    i was part of that program, off and on, in different ways. let me know if you’d like me to share some of the insights.

  6. Dano MacNamarrah

    Isabella~I’m both proud and humbled that you have included me in your blog. CK is like you, a true inspiration, so be included will make me walk a little taller this week!

    You have a truly wonderful site here, one that I rely on. You are caring and passionate, with stellar insights, marvelous links (tee hee) and a fierce voice that speaks clearly and eloquently about the human condition.

    I would love to hear your insights, but I don’t want to take advantage of your time and knowledge. Feel free to reach me at:

    Should you wish. But I’ll be coming back to your blog, anyway, so I can always read about it, if you chose to make it a post topic.

    Peace, understanding and serenity, Dano.

    Dano MacNamarrah’s last blog post..Palin’s Pastor; The Witch-Hunter.

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