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Resume.....need help

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So it comes to a point where I have the fun task of trying to find a new job in a new area. I'm in Fayetteville, NC, and I'm looking to move back to my hometown, or close to it in Martinsburg, WV. It's about 6-7 hours away from here, so I figured I'd go the internet and e-mail route with a new job instead of driving back and forth to drop off resumes and meet people, etc. Hopefully instead I can setup an interview and whatnot and hopefully have a job secured before I move back. I'd be happy to share the full story for how I found myself in Fayetteville if anyone cares to know..... Anyway, I digress.

So I sit down to try and work out my resume, update it, and retype it.... then I realize that for one, I don't have any true word processing program on this laptop (thats what I get for buying on a budget) and two, I haven't worked on a resume since high school. Every job I've worked up to this point had a basic application with an interview. Basically, I'm wondering if anyone who has some experience with resumes would be able to help me out a little. I've got a basic resume right now, but I feel that it's nowhere near what it needs to be. I'm looking to apply to a few entry government jobs, something where I can have good benefits, steady pay, and something I can make a career of and have the possibility of transferring across the country if need be. (thats another long story, again, I'd be more than happy to share if anyone's interested)

With that said, please let me know if you're interested in helping me out in one form or another. Thanks.

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There are websites out there that will help you build your resume. I cant' remember what they are but if you google it I'm sure you'll find some.


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[quote author=m3marshall link=topic=99458.msg1983218#msg1983218 date=1199998158]
There are websites out there that will help you build your resume. I cant' remember what they are but if you google it I'm sure you'll find some.
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I agree, there are tons of tips and best practices on the web. You want to look for something that tailors your experience and education to the job which you are applying for. Also, I would try to find which key words are important for this type of work and incorporate into your resume. Most resumes going to a large employer will go through a scanner and these key words will greatly assist in yours making it past the first cut.

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If you want a good, free MS Office substitute try Open Office. I've been using it on my home PC for ages and have found it to be very adequate. Lots of people would argue it's better than MS Office. It's certainly better than Office 2007..

And yeah, there's plenty of good resume building tips out there if you just google around a bit.
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I think my biggest issue is that I'm not sure how to word my job description.

Right now I sell mattresses... doesn't sound like much, but when you figure my average sale is $2500+ and I've got to overcome scores of objections in order for the customer to purchase..... I'm just at a loss for how to describe that to someone.


And in addition, there's only 4 people in the store including management, so I become the sign guy, handyman, housekeeper/custodian, etc

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[quote author=tsaotablem link=topic=99458.msg1983258#msg1983258 date=1199998946]
If you want a good, free MS Office substitute try Open Office. I've been using it on my home PC for ages and have found it to be very adequate. Lots of people would argue it's better than MS Office. It's certainly better than Office 2007..

And yeah, there's plenty of good resume building tips out there if you just google around a bit.
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is www.openoffice.org the right site?

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Take what your doing and spin it to what you want to do and how it best relates. What scope of work are you looking for? Government: they want stability, cost savings, process oriented (I assume, this is an example). You sell mattresses: speak to your employment history and loyalty, you reduced operating costs while driving sales, you devised sales plan and standardized the process. So on and so on. Give it time and lot's of thought.

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Yeah, when you get it done, post it here and we'll help spin it for you


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If you're in sales you shouldn't have any problem with spinning your experience into a decent resume!
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