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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: Two Resumes When Only One Will Do


Two Resumes When Only One Will Do

One of the most important pieces of paper is the resume. The structure of a resume is to give a perspective employer an idea of your qualifications. Usually, people exaggerate their accomplishments on a resume. By exaggerating your accomplishments you qualify yourself for a responsible position. Usually, the more responsibility the position entails, the higher the income.
In this competitive job market one tailor’s their resume to fit the position. No longer do applicants list work history past ten years. After ten years work history is irrelevant except in special cases. Also, if you admit that you have a work history over ten years you are admitting your age, which can be unfavorable. Instead applicants focus on relevant skills and current job accomplishments.
The job market fluctuates wildly over five to ten years. Perspective employees might lose their job not because of their own behavior but because of external events which they have no control over such as: foreign markets, technology changes, and national economic instability. Many college career advisors tell their perspective graduates, “Be prepared to change careers three to four times before retirement”.
In my predicament, in the world of employment, I have found myself over-qualified for many open positions. To compensate for my over-qualifications I will scale down my accomplishments to better fit my resume to a job description. Career Counselors have told me, “Tailor your resume to get the job”. This might work in some cases but not all cases.
One company I applied to had a position resonating with my skills and abilities.
After waiting several weeks for a reply from my resume submittal, and not receiving any, I presumed they were no longer interested in me. The position was for a senior-level design engineer. Another job appeared on a job board for the same company but for a junior-level technician. I eagerly applied for this position, hoping to work my way up to a senior-level post while being gainfully employed. The second time I applied to this company I scaled back my resume deleting words such as projects completed, design, and left out some college course work.
After I applied for the second job, the hiring manager called me for a telephone interview for the first job. The hiring manager talked favorably to me. He told me, “You have good responses to my questions”. However at the end of our conversation he asked me, “Do you have any relatives that have applied to our company in the last several months”?
In summary the Human Resource manager sent me a small post card saying, “Thank you but both position(s) have been filled”.
In desperation I applied for both positions hoping to end my joblessness. After losing both jobs the verse of Matthew 6:25-33 comes to mind.
“Therefore I tell you not to worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life”?

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Jan Ackerson 02/21/08
I hope you found a job!

I'd suggest that you leave off the introductory material and lead with your search for a job, and your different resumes.

I'm not sure how this fits the topic...

I like the Scripture that you tied in at the end.
Laury Hubrich 02/21/08
It is very difficult to find a job in this age. Thank you for sharing your experiences and relating it to scripture! Keep on writing!
Marlene Austin02/22/08
Very nice writing. It would make it easier for the readers' eyes to stay focused if you put an extra space between paragraphs. :)