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Writing A Resume With No Experience

Writing a resume with no experience

It’s hard to write a resume with no experience. This resume is for someone with little professional experience who has just received their Associate in Science in Business Administration from a community college. It is geared towards an office job, such as an administrative or executive assistant, office manager, or a human resources assistant.

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And yes, a resume should be tailored to each job you’re applying for. So let’s get to work.


12 Tips On How To Become An Indispensable Employee

An indispensable employee is one who is less likely to be laid off.

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Be A Multitasker

Be able to multitask and balance your responsibilities without stressing out. While multitasking doesn’t necessarily make you more efficient, there are times when you may not have a choice but to multitask, such as when the phone is ringing off the hook while there are customers standing at the front desk and your crew waiting for instructions to perform their next task.


Top 11 Tips For An Office Position Interview

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Top 11 Tips For An Office Position Interview

When I was laid off last year, I went on four interviews in four weeks.

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The fourth interview was my last, and I started that job two weeks later. I have gathered the top 11 tips I used to nail the interview and get the job. (more…)

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While writing a resume may not be fun, it doesn’t have to be a completely dreadful task. Using my 16 tips below, resume writing can be fairly painless, especially once you have prepared a few different versions. The job description can also guide how you need your resume to look. (more…)

9 Tips For A Successful Job Search

When I was laid off last year, I embarked on the emotional rollercoaster ride of looking for a job.

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I remembered the lessons I had learned from the last time I had to look for a job several years prior, which I have gathered here. (more…)

Top 10 Ways To Deal With Being Laid Off

I was laid off on a Monday. Three weeks and four days later, on Friday at 4:55pm, I got the phone call that I had been waiting for all week, I got the job. Thankfully, a job aligned with my career path.

Here are the top 10 ways I dealt with being laid off.

10. As an introvert, I dislike the word networking to no end. But networking does not necessarily mean attending expensive events where you have to put on a smile to disguise your bad mood. It could be as simple as telling some friends that you’re looking for a job. My hubby told his friend, who told a mutual friend. A week after I was laid off, I was sending my resume and cover letter to the mutual friend so he could pitch me to his boss for an unadvertised position that was in my field and a step up in my career.

9. If you had health, vision, or dental insurance, and are due for any kind of check up, make that appointment ASAP. I had one week between being laid off and my health insurance terminating (without taking the COBRA option), so I made a doctor’s and eye doctor’s appointment within that time frame so it would be covered.

8. Thank goodness I had a current copy of my resume on file.

It saved me from having to create one from scratch during my most emotional period of my unemployment. I was able to apply to jobs almost immediately. Even if you don’t have a current one, always save an old one so you have a starting point. It’s really annoying to have to go hunting for dates of prior employers.

7. I kept everything given to me when I was laid off. Since I received severance pay, the unemployment division requested a copy of my severance notice, which was given to me at lay off.

6. I applied for unemployment the next day. Besides that (in New York) there’s a three week waiting period before you receive any unemployment benefits, the unemployment office will question as to why there was a delay in filing for unemployment.

5. Since I worked in a professional office, I always had a suit ready to go, except for the dog fur I cannot seem to get rid of. But if you don’t have one ready to go, get one. During my second week of unemployment, I got a call on Wednesday (which I knew was coming) asking if I could interview Thursday, giving me 24 hours’ notice. I don’t use dry cleaners, but I assume requesting a suit for same day dry cleaning is not cheap.

4. I used multiple sources for my job searches. Specifically, I checked CareerBuilder, Indeed, and LinkedIn every day.

There were a few times where I found a job on one job board before the others. In fact, my first interview came from a job that I found on LinkedIn but not the other two (don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile too). I also checked the company websites of bigger employers in my area.

We’ve now reached my top three strategies in dealing with being laid off. If you couldn’t, or didn’t, do any of the previous strategies, don’t feel like it’s too late. From this moment on, you can implement the following top three strategies to end your career rut.

3. I didn’t apply to just any job. I chose quality over quantity and looked at jobs that are directly in my field, the ones that I would naturally progress to in my career. I knew I would get a job fairly quickly since I had many desirable skills and responsibilities that an accountant should have. In additional to quality of the job, I also paid attention to the quality of my resume and cover letter by tailoring each one to the job I was applying for my using the same keywords that the job description used. And if given the option, definitely write that cover letter.

2. I had coping mechanisms for dealing with any negative, sad, or depressing feelings. Those kinds of feelings can be a real mood killer and result in an entire day being wasted if not kept at bay. Whenever I started feeling sad, tired, or just generally unproductive, I would either walk the dogs (which they love) or exercise by running or punching my punching bag.

Whenever I feel spacey or tired, I usually walk the dogs as a way to break out of that headspace anyway.

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And we’ve reach the #1 piece of advice I can provide in dealing with being laid off:

1. I kept my schedule as close to my working schedule as possible. I got up around the same time, went to bed around the same time, and tried to keep myself occupied in between. I still dropped off my daughter at daycare as a way to get out of the house and feel productive. I applied to jobs in the morning, walked the dogs and exercised (or did yard work) in the afternoon, and did errands or worked on projects that I had wanted to do for a long time. Throw in an interview here and there, and I’d say I haven’t been much of a couch potato during my fake vacation, my faux-cation.

So there is my list of top 10 strategies I implemented to handle my lay off and get a job. By the time I start my new job, it will be a six week vacation, which was mostly paid between my severance, my vacation time that was paid out, and my unemployment benefits. Not bad for being laid off.

Best Things To Do When Laid Off

I was laid off. My boss called me into his office, and blah blah blah, I was laid off. At least it happened on a Monday morning, and I could immediately start the long, emotional process of looking for a job. At 11:30am, I was laid off. By 12:30, I was home. Once I got past the rollercoaster of emotions that afternoon, I found 8 jobs to apply to and laid out a plan for the rest of the week.

  1. Find my most recent resume and cover letter, so that I don’t have to create them from scratch. I knew I had a fairly recent version, since I had applied for and got a board of trustee position a few months prior.
  2. Apply to 1 – 3 jobs a day during the first week. I’m spreading it out so that I don’t run out of jobs to apply to before the first week is over. It also takes time to adapt a quality resume and matching cover letter to each job.
  3. Apply for unemployment, a process I hadn’t done in several years.
  4. Make a doctor and eye doctor appointment before my health insurance terminates at the end of the month.

On Tuesday, the first full day of being unemployed, I applied to three of the eight jobs, set up the doctor’s and eye doctor’s appointments for Thursday, and filed for unemployment. The New York unemployment process took a little while because I had to set up an online New York Department of Labor (DOL) account and answer a questionnaires (tip: you need your employer’s tax ID # when filing unemployment, which I got from my w2). I also updated my LinkedIn profile because I had heard somewhere that LinkedIn was a good place to look for jobs.

On Wednesday, I applied to two more jobs. I also started to feel a little depressed, so I took the dogs on a nice long walk, and went running as a way to prevent any negative energy from overwhelming me.

On Thursday, I went to the doctor’s appointment that I had made so that I could get one last check up on my health insurance. Everything came back good. I applied to two more jobs, then went to the eye appointment I also made. When I arrived, the front desk informed me that the eye exam would be subject to my (really high) deductible, so I would have to pay out of pocket for the exam. Since I was now watching my cash flow, I thanked her for letting me know but I wouldn’t get the eye exam and left.

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Late that afternoon, I got a call from the HR department of a bank I had just sent my resume to a few hours prior. He asked me to elaborate on my experience a little more, then told me he was going to send my resume to the head of the finance department, and asked that I call him on Wednesday, being that the upcoming Monday was a holiday. I was quite the scene then, calmly saying yes while skipping around the living room with my dogs following me.

I took it easy on Friday, applying to the remaining job of the original eight, and still running off the high that I might have an interview in the coming week or so.

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I basically tried to keep a similar schedule to when I was working full time, waking up around the same time and remaining someone productive during the day. I read more books, walked the doggies more often (which they love) and exercised more. The house is also much cleaner.

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