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    eilla05 is offline Registered User
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    Job hunting... Resume tips anyone?

    I am a few weeks away from completion of my Bachelors and thought I would start the hunt for a part time job in an effort to gain some experience because I have been blessed to have a husband who provides enough that I do not have to work. The nature of his work requires us to move around (not military) the U.S so I have just not worked and in the last few years have focused on my education .

    I am realizing how hard it is going to be to get a job without any job experience! I worked in 2001-2002 as nursing assistant and worked 4 years ago on the side for my husband's company for a couple months until they got caught up.

    Does anyone have any tips on how to draw attention away from the fact that I have not had a job in 9 years on my resume? I feel that I am going to get thrown out before I am even given the chance because I have no work experience!

    Anybody have any resume tips? Cover letter tips?
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    Congratulations on the upcoming bachelors and on having a great husband, not everyone can say that. Here are some good tips on resume writing: Resume Writing Tips - 10 Tips to Bullet Proof Your Resume
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    Quote Originally Posted by eilla05 View Post
    ............. thought I would start the hunt for a part time job in an effort to gain some experience .....................
    What area of work are you thinking of long term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Anderson View Post
    What area of work are you thinking of long term?
    Currently I am planning to start my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in May so that is my long term plans. I have found a few places locally that offer ABA services but before I applied for a job I wanted to get my resume and cover letter in tip top shape!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfDoctor View Post
    Congratulations on the upcoming bachelors and on having a great husband, not everyone can say that. Here are some good tips on resume writing: Resume Writing Tips - 10 Tips to Bullet Proof Your Resume
    Thanks for that link! Reading now :)
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    eilla05,

    I just sent you a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by eilla05 View Post
    Currently I am planning to start my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in May so that is my long term plans. I have found a few places locally that offer ABA services but before I applied for a job I wanted to get my resume and cover letter in tip top shape!
    I see several jobs in ABA listed on monster.com

    All I can say in building up your work experience is:
    • Find a part time job where you interface with customers or the public (and kids if that is where you are headed).
    • The job could be paid work or volunteer work
    • Use that position to demonstrate that you will be a reliable employee (very important to most employers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Anderson View Post
    I see several jobs in ABA listed on monster.com

    All I can say in building up your work experience is:
    • Find a part time job where you interface with customers or the public (and kids if that is where you are headed).
    • The job could be paid work or volunteer work
    • Use that position to demonstrate that you will be a reliable employee (very important to most employers).
    +1 on the volunteer work. As a potential employer, to me it would demonstrate that you are as interested in the work and gaining experience as you are in the paycheck. And if you are supported by your spouse, the experience you gain may be more valuable than the pay.

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    It's OK to tailor your resume to specific jobs. When I was job searching I kept a file of what was sent to each company so if called for an interview, I would have my notes and info together.

    I always kept my cover letters short and highlighted a few keys skills.

    I always sent a thank you letter after an interview.

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