Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Travel Pages

My Supervisor

The recruiter I'm working with liked my blog so much she considered telling prospective employers about it.  I had thought about adding the link to my resume, but didn't because it wasn't written with a job search in mind.  She has 14 years experience and says she hasn't seen anything that would make her say, "Eeeew, I'm not hiring her," so I might do that. 

I've added two new pages to make the posts I most want them to read easier to find.  They all want to know what I've been doing the past two years and I told them I was on sabbatical, traveling all over the United States.  I'm hoping my blog will help illustrate the fact that I was not sitting at home being lazy or feeling sorry for myself.  I still haven't even written about places like the Everglades, Yellowstone, Shoshone National Forest, or the Grand Canyon.  I should do that.

Some information I've read suggests also explaining gaps in employment on the resume, and some suggest explaining them in a cover letter.  If I don't get the job I'm currently in the interview process for, I'll ask what she thinks.  She also is a professional resume writer. 

She's started her own blog that has some good tips for resume writing.  Did you know you could add "stealth words" so it will be picked up by resume scanning software?  Read about it here.  Go show her blog some love and encourage her to keep hooking me up with interviews until I'm hired!


Oilfield Trash said...

That is cool.

It if works go for it.

I on the other hand could never have a prospective employer read my blog. Unless I was applying for a job at Comedy Central.

John McElveen said...

I may very well need a resume!!!

Thanks Jen!!!

Great stuff Gal!


LL Cool Joe said...

I can't say I'd want my boss reading my blog....oh hang on, I'm my own boss...perhaps I shouldn't be reading it!

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Brian Miller said...

intriguing on the stealth words...did not know that...cool that they liked your blog...and making it work for you

Lloyd said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

grannybunny said...

I work in a government legal department, defending my agency in Labor and Employment cases and read and hear alot of horror stories. I would strongly recommend against making your blog accessible to prospective employers. You have no way of knowing their innate biases -- which all of us have, based on past experiences -- and might find yourself knocked out of consideration for a position, with no recourse, based on something totally irrelevant that they did not like in your blog. They can't legally ask whether you are a single parent, or about your love life, finances, outside activities, etc., but could obtain the information off your blog. Do you really want to be constrained in blogging by having to treat each post as if it were part of a job interview?

Kelly said...

I'm not sure I would like knowing prosepctive employers were reading my blog. Not that I've written anything I'm ashamed of, but there should be a line between personal and professional. Of course if it's out there you can't stop them looking, but I don't know that I'd intentionally direct them to it.

Jen said...

There are a lot of ultra-conservatives in Texas...

But they can run a credit check, and Google me, and find out all kinds of information via the internet anyway. I'm not sure yet if I'll add it or not. I don't want to have to censor myself.

Om said...

Unless I was applying for a job at Comedy Central...Thanks.

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