I'm in the process of applying for what I like to call "real jobs", by which I mean I am saying goodbye to the last three years as a freelance publicist and trying to crack the door open on salary based positions within the legal realm.
I've been putting this off for a while because I'm very aware just how draining job seeking can be. Application requirements are lengthy and rigorous these days. Most of the jobs I've applied for came with 5 pages worth of selection criteria and application requirements, and each of them were vastly different. You need to address each of these individually, there is no way around it. A spray and pray approach to employment documents doesn't cut it in a competitive market.
I also hadn't updated my resume since my primary goal was to chase arts management gigs. The resume I had saved on my desktop glossed over my previous work in admin in the courts and focussed mainly on arts gigs that I know wouldn't necessarily impress a government department or a barrister. I was in for a lot of work to bring my documents up to speed.... or so I thought.
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Pleased with my slick cover letter, I moved on to fixing my resume. This is where I really struck gold. The site offers a great range of options for those looking to tweak, or even completely re-write their existing resume.
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Happy job hunting!