Danielle Hueston, Rochester
I've chatted with Danielle a few times via email. She reminds me entirely of my mentee, Lauryn. If the similarities are as close as I think, Danielle is going to be horrified when she sees this resume. We have completely ripped the security blanket of CONTENT out from under it.
Let me back up a second. Danielle is at her first agency job and is going above and beyond at it. But, like John, is nervous about what comes next. How do you leverage the sometimes-menial work of an entry level gig into a meaningful career? Plus, she wants more responsibility and to bring more of her ideas to the table. Danielle mentioned that she already made the "difficult decision to remove my first job ever - 5 glamorous years of making pizzas and salads," but we're going to cut even further.
Here are the changes we made:
- Added a profile. Basically the positioning statement of a resume. What you fundamentally stand for. An opportunity to get a little passionate about what you do and how you work. We truly believe that most people cannot write their own profiles. It's hard to really see yourself that clearly. Best practice: Ask your mentor to write it for you. The one we're showing here for Danielle is based on what it's been like to work with Lauryn (although I'm pretty sure that it applies to Danielle, too.)
- Slashed all non-agency jobs to little more than a timeline. Same reasons as Kate and John.
- Blew out Danielle's current job to talk about what her core position is and then how she really over delivers on that. Like a lot of smart people in an coordinator position, I get the sense that Danielle is doing a lot more than she's technically being paid for. This is a (completely non-bitchy way) to call that out.
- Cheated a little and replaced her title (Coordinator) with her role (Account Services). You know what Dave Barry says - a resume isn't just a piece of paper. It's a piece of paper with lies on it.
- Simplified the education section. Unless you're applying to Google, no one much cares about your GPA these days.
- Deleted the awards section. They all felt kind of dated and more associated with finding a first job than growing into a second one.
- Added a call to go to a Web site for references, work samples, etc. If you can't help but say more, this is a great way to do it "on demand" and still keep your resume straight-forward and simple.
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