Resumes for the Ladies

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Resumes for Women
Job-winning resume guidance for every situation
Shaw
1995

Career advice is one of my hot button topics when it comes to collection development. This isn’t the worst resume book we have seen, but it is pretty awful to still have it on the shelves.

Even for 1995, the advice is weak. The idea of customizing your resume to address the special situations, such as job transfers or re-entry after staying at home with kids, is limited to re-arranging your educational credentials with your experience.

This book was still in circulation and looked pretty crunchy with browning pages. This book really needs to go now. I shudder thinking that someone would try to find a job in 2020 with this antique. This should be an easy weed.

Mary

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6 comments

  1. Cherry Hill! _Cherry Hill_!! _I recognize that Area Code!_

    OK hyperventilating over. “Experience in Internet”, but still a typo in “Peace Corp”. When in college, I was taught to discard the Objective and References lines as useless. It is assumed your objective is to get the job, and if they want references, they know enough to ask for them.

    1. So was I! But then right after I graduated college (1991), it seemed to be the trend for everyone to have super-flowery objectives on their resume. Like this dumb BS, which I copied from a resume site: “Secure a responsible career opportunity to fully utilize my training and skills, while making a significant contribution to the success of the company.” I mean, that makes me want to barf, and it is just so pointless, really.

      Personally, I think the super-basic objective statements like those shown here are equally dumb. “Position as a computer programmer.” Duh.

  2. So many things have changed when it comes to resumes — including, importantly, the notion that resumes for women are or should be somehow different than resumes for men. A full mailing address is no longer needed; a professional-sounding email most certainly is. Objectives and references sections are indeed obsolete; a strong, industry- and/or job-specific skills section or skills highlights (which will help when an ATS is scanning for keywords) is important.

    1. I’ve blogged a few times about ATSes that I had to tangle with. If they did the simple stuff, like scanning for keywords, length, maybe funky formatting, they would be far less hated than they are. The fact that they want you to do their data entry for them, and then upload your resume afterwards, is just insulting.

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