For Public Review: Lauren Bourdages

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This particular resume has been used for Library Technician level (Canadian equivalent of Parapros) positions at public and school libraries for positions involving childrens/teen services and programming

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11 responses to “For Public Review: Lauren Bourdages

  1. I would, perhaps, move education up to the beginning.

    I think the points listed to describe each job position is a little excessive and stretches the resume’s length. Instead, describe relevant details about your jobs in the cover letter.

  2. Under the “askon” position, you have a bullet point indicating that you volunteered to do something. This is a very strong verb. Maybe change it to just “Spearheaded ……”

    • Nicolas

      I actually think she should leave volunteered in there. It shows that she was not assigned to perform this task, but she did so of her own accord. It shows initiative.

  3. I might remove the Linkedin profile link from the top. As others have said on other resume reviews, someone would be able to find you in Linkedin easily if they wished to do so. I agree that education should be at thee top of the resume. This resume also seems long and crowded for two pages, but that might just be a gut reaction on my part.

    • Liz

      I agree that is is very crowded and visually could look better. The bright orange for the name is distracting and (personally) I find it to be a little less professional (especially with the standard bright blue for the hyperlinks). Monochromatic is going to be a better way to go (a dark grey will be just as indicative of a hyperlink and less distracting).

      The weird dot/line things above and below the separate sections should also be removed (it’s a little too 90’s dot matrix). I would also change the way your indents are set up. It’s a bit jarring to the eye to have your 2nd indent (under the job title) farther in than the indent below it (normally it’s the other way around).

      Also, is there a reason for the askON position the word ‘text’ is in all caps? If its the name of the specific program ok, but if it’s just to draw attention to the fact that it’s text based then I don’t think it’s necessary. Or if it’s part of the hyperlink before it then it should be included in the link (i.e. it should be the same style as the link separate from the normal font).

      I would nix ‘other employment’ that doesn’t directly relate (leave relevant volunteer positions) and use the extra space for a ‘skills’ section. In that section I’m confused as to why you have another book reviewer position? Why isn’t that up at the top with the other book reviewer position? It’s recent, it’s related, so why leave it hidden, unexplained on the second page?

  4. Nicolas

    I would take out some of the things not related to library experience, such as “Frontline cast member” and perhaps elaborate on any transferrable skills you gained from those jobs.

  5. Margot

    I read something interesting about dates on resumes which I think might be helpful here. Don’t worry about months; just use the year. You can easy track the months on your LinkedIn profile, but it clutters up your resume. Also, I would reconsider aligning all the dates to the right. Just add a comma and add them at the end of the line.
    I would devote the most amount of real estate to the library-focused jobs, especially the technician position. While the Community Services Summer Student position has transferable skills, perhaps its description could be cut down so that the focus is on the LIS work you’ve accomplished.
    Admittedly, this is very picky, but I’d replace “&” with “and.”

  6. Wilfredo Rivera

    I looked at Lauren’s LinkedIn profile to see how it compares to the resume and I came away with the following: there are a lot of short-term positions listed and…well, there’s A LOT going on, period. I don’t think you have to list every individual position you’ve held, whether it was an internship or you were volunteering somewhere.

    When I look at resumes, I look for attention to detail, but too much detail is an immediate drawback. List what is pertinent to what you’re trying to get and do so without overwhelming the viewer/reader. Keep it simple and to the point.

  7. I agree that education should be moved up to the top and that jobs not pertaining to library work could be removed to clean up the overall look. Additionally, I would separate volunteer work from paid employment and possibly remove professional development as a section and instead demonstrate these qualities within the work and volunteer sections.
    Best of luck to you!

    • Separating the volunteer work might make sense in this case, especially because she has a sold number of professional positions, but it’s not always a requirement to separate the two, in my opinion.

  8. Rachael Altman

    I agree that education should be moved to the top. You could probably remove some of the non-library related job experiences from the resume, but those experiences can be used as talking points in interviews to point out customer service skills and diversity of experiences and interests. Overall, great experiences and highly qualified!

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