For Public Review: Job Hunter EA

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Please help the job hunter below by using the comment button to offer constructive criticism on her resume. Some guidelines for constructive feedback are here, and the ALA NMRT has brief tips for reviewing resumes here.

This 2 page resume was submitted by a job hunter who says,

 I have been looking for about 9 months for full-time librarian positions in Adult Services in public libraries. I have also applied to a few academic libraries for full-time reference librarian positions.

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5 responses to “For Public Review: Job Hunter EA

  1. The fancy script font for the headings is something I wouldn’t do, but that’s because I tend to shy away from script fonts. Not that it looks bad, just personal preference. I have to say, I really like the look of this one. It’s laid out well, has relevant information, and is up to date. The only thing I could say in critique is maybe not using the + symbol in your summary. Something about it looks off to me. Can’t quite place what it is though. Still, nice resume.


  2. Elizabeth A.

    I personally like the fancy script font; it shows an eye for design and might give you an edge if you’re applying for jobs that would require things like creating posters, flyers, or signage. That said, be sure you’re sending the file as a PDF and not a word processing document, because no one else will have that font loaded on their machine.


  3. Anonymous

    You can make it stronger with accomplishments instead of just a list. How many outreach events to you do a month? How many attendees are coming to your programs? I agree that you should drop the + for and use “and” instead. As a hiring manager, I ignore summaries and don’t think they add anything to a resume. I’d rather see a well-written and customized cover letter.


  4. I think this is a strong resume, but do you need the + in between sentences in your summary? Also as a thought, you could add your summary together and your skills and gather them all under qualifications at the very top, so that the hiring can see exactly what you are qualified for and know how to do right off the bat.


  5. Dani-El

    Follow the above suggestions, they are very good. I would add that I would like some more details on the guides you made, which social media you use, do you have a blog beyond CPL, etc. Fleshing these out will set you apart. I understand why you included the customer service positions you held, but I would de-emphasized the duties as they are not as relevant to the things I suggested you need to accentuate. You have got a lot going for you and I wish you al the best with your search!


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