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  1. February 9, 2012

    I agree. If I was forced (although I don’t know what sort f supernatural power would force me to chance the color of my resume) to use some colors in it, those would be some discreet stripes or some sort of stationary that doesn’t “touch” the text.

    • Susan Ireland
      February 9, 2012

      Ah, that’s the creative side of you coming out. Well, maybe to YOUR creative resume that would work. 🙂

      • February 13, 2012

        Oh, you got me there! 🙂

        Although, I absolutely agree with everything that you wrote in your post, I am one of those people who simply have the need to put a personal “stamp” on everything.

        But I think I have it under control when it comes to resumes 😀

      • Susan Ireland
        February 13, 2012

        Daly, I like the idea of a personal stamp. I’ll bet you have one on your resume — maybe it’s the way you phrase your statements.

        Sometimes I see a little “something” on someone’s resume that isn’t “by the book” but is close enough to tradition that it fits with the reader’s sense of what’s okay. That little something gives the resume sparkle — an insight into the real person behind the resume.

        Next time I see that in a resume, I’ll write a post on it to show you what I mean. 🙂

  2. Anne Quick
    May 14, 2012

    I took early retirement a few years ago. Now due to the economic situation, I find myself having to look for a full time job.

    I would appreciate some help with a cover letter to accompany my resume. How do I explain the gap in my employment history and my need to return to work.

    Thank you

    • Susan Ireland
      May 14, 2012

      Hello Anne,
      So sorry you have to return to work when you had your heart set on retirement. So many others are in the same situation.

      It will be helpful to first resolve this two-year gap in employment on your resume. I assume you’ll do this by using some volunteer or personal activities that are relevant to your job objective. If not, you’ll probably list something such as travel or caregiver or something that shows good character such as independent study or volunteerism — even if it’s not relevant to your objective.

      If you do a good job on your resume of mending the hole in your work history, you may not have to mention it at all in your cover letter.

      If, however, you feel you need to mention it, do it with dignity or even humor. In other words, don’t be apologetic. It’s not your fault the economy headed south.

      And you don’t have to use the word “retirement.” You could refer to that time as a career break to do such-and-such. And now you’re back!

      Play with a few drafts. And if you want to share some of them here, feel free. We can give you feedback, if you want.

      Best of luck on your re-entry!

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