Seeking Out Me

Day 138 – Resume Bologna

Posted in job search, Project Management, recruiter, resume, unemployed by Tracy on April 13, 2010

After a Sunday of bottomless Mimosas, I woke up Monday morning feeling not 100% but still able to function. I joined The Ladders on Friday to see if it can help me in the job search and I also joined a consulting firm. The Ladders offers you a free critique of your resume once you pay to become a member. So I submitted mine and of course, they will re-write your resume for an additional $695 if you want them to or you can try to do it yourself with their feedback.

But the interesting thing was, and here is where I call “bull shit” is that they told me to NOT do something that Lee Hecht Harrison Career Coach center told me to do. So then you gotta wonder, whose right? Are they just trying to sell me a service? I don’t think so because there were some other thoughtful points in the feedback. Hmmm…so, I will edit the parts that I deemed thoughtful and trash the rest. That’s the great thing about feedback – it’s free to give and sometimes free to receive, but you decide on what you want to do with it. I have my last coaching session today at LHH and I am going to send this to her and ask her what she thinks.

One other thing that The Ladders didn’t like was that my resume was bulleted and it looked too “task” oriented. But I have to strongly disagree with this because I’ve read hundreds of resumes and the ones where I can’t easily find what I am looking for (like in bullet points), I trash. I only ever looked at a resume for about 30 seconds and unfortunately that’s the average.

In the mean time, had our second meeting about the documentary yesterday. We spent it mostly modifying our Pepsi Refresh Project grant submission, which I will be asking all of you to vote for once it is accepted.

Today’s a brighter day, literally sunny and I don’t have much on my plate other than to have my last coaching session, look for a job, lung cancer committee call and write/read. Looks like today is going to be a four star day. And did I mention that my husband is making me Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants this morning? Yum! If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend them! For $3.99 you’ll feel like you just stepped into a Paris cafe.

Day 93

Posted in Certifications, Examiner, FarmVille, life, Project Management, recruiter, unemployed, Writer by Tracy on February 24, 2010

I am starting to really enjoy my time off. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend and former co-worker at one of my favorite dive sushi places in San Carlos. And next week I am going to lunch with another former co-worker and my former mentor.

I have 3 irons in the fire right now with possible job prospects. Two are in the city and one is just outside the city. So let’s keep our fingers crossed. I have finally broken through the “in person” interview barrier and gotten past the phone interview with one company so far.

But one thing came up during my phone interviews that I’d like to touch on. Certifications. I’ve been asked a few times if I have a certification in project management because it doesn’t seem to be listed on my resume. Well, I don’t have one. I have 15 years of project management, product management and partner program management experience. I told one recruiter that I believe that certifications are for people who have no experience in something. I’m not sure how well that went over, but it’s true when you think about it.

At this rate in my career, I would never go back for a certification in anything. If I was going to invest time and energy in education of any kind it would be to get my Masters degree in something, but definitely not an MBA either. I don’t want an MBA because I don’t want a job in finance or business development. I know how a business runs and I’ve even created my own nonprofit which is why I definitely know I don’t want to go back for an MBA.

But as I mentioned before, I am now competing with many people who went back to school or who are going back to school. I’ve been wanting to get my Masters in something for 10 years now. I often think I should have just gone and done it after college. But I didn’t know what I wanted a degree in at that time and I certainly didn’t want to go back to school because I couldn’t wait to get out.

Only recently, right before my lay off,  have I decided that I might want to go and get my M.F.A to help further pursue my writing career. If I ever get published, that will look good on my book jacket cover. But I can’t go back to school while collecting unemployment because that will cut of my benefits, plus I can’t really afford to do that right now. However, taking night classes once I get a job is looking like a possibility in my near future.

Two articles I recently published on Divine Caroline about Social networking 101 and the SF Examiner on emailing in the work place.

And don’t forget to check out my blog with my experiment on FarmVille.

Day 85 – are you kidding me?

Posted in Examiner, life, recruiter, unemployed, Writer by Tracy on February 16, 2010

Last night going out with old co-workers was a blast. I definitely miss them. Such a good group of talented girls.

This morning I checked my inbox to see if anyone was interested in my skills. There was a rejection letter in there from Twitter which I was a bit baffled by. Clearly it was a template rejection which I love getting, but this one said that I was under-qualified which prompted me to send a response. The position was for a Project Manager of Operations. An individual contributor. I don’t think I would have had a problem with the template rejection email if it had said that I was over-qualified . But instead, it said the opposite, which given that I have over 10 years operations project management experience, not to mention that I was the Director of Operations and a PMO at my former company, well, just having a hard time swallowing that rejection. So I wrote them back, and I’ll probably hear from them, but I couldn’t just let the email sit there when it was such a blatant bullshit lie. Under qualified? C’mon. The only way you would think that I was under qualified for a job like that is if you are a twenty-something recruiter who hasn’t a clue what experience looks like.

That being said, this afternoon is my big orientation at Lee Hecht Harrison.  I wonder what their answer will be when I tell them that I can’t even get a job as an individual contributor, even though I have been managing and directing people for almost 10 years.

Jobs applied for to date: 70
Phone interviews: 7 (counting the one I have tomorrow)
Conferences attended: 2

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