For Public Review: Job Hunter AH

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

I use this resume primarily for public library positions, specifically reference and young adult librarian positions.

AH Resume 1 AH Resume 2

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8 responses to “For Public Review: Job Hunter AH

  1. Kate

    I would not give a second look to either candidate today. They have a mechanical attitude that doesn’t show me anything. I need some sense of why you want to be a YA librarian–show me! I know, some of that is in the cover letter, but neither resume would make it onto my list to interview. And I have 5 openings for information, YA, circ manager out there.


  2. Taylor V.

    My thoughts were similar to Kate’s (regarding YA librarianship, not the resume). You may want to consider reformatting your resume by category rather than chronology. For example, I see that you worked with young patrons and ran a youth program for the better part of a year in England, but that information is buried between night auditor and CSR positions. If you used categories instead, it would be easier to skim through your related experience, which would reduce the likelihood of someone skimming OVER it (as I did on a first read).

    Here are a few smaller items to consider: (1) provide thesis title [and only give a description of the title is not indicative of the subject matter]; (2) remove BS degree emphases [as there’s little relevance to the positions you seem interested in]; and (3) move Professional Affiliations to the end of your resume.

    Good luck!


  3. AnnaO

    I agree that Professional Affiliations should go at the end of your resume.

    I also suggest that for all of your volunteer positions, use a more descriptive position title–Research Services Volunteer, Young Adult Services Volunteer,etc…to take the emphasis off of the “volunteer” aspect of these positions and give readers a quick idea of what the main area of your responsibilities was.

    Right now your experience section is long but doesn’t give a sense of what you have done. Given the high number of applicants for every position, you need to make a strong, quick impression–right now it takes too much work to sort through everything you have included to see what your background is.


  4. Marian

    This resume definitely wouldn’t get a second look from me. It’s very much too long for the experience you have. A resume for an entry level job really should stick to 1 page. But don’t do that by decreasing font size or increasing margins. That’s worse than having 2 pages.

    For the non-library jobs, I’d just list dates and title. No responsibilities as the responsibilities you list are largely irrelevant to entry level library jobs. And separate those out. You should have one section for library experience and another for work experience. Paid library experience would go in the library experience section. I would leave in the information on the subject of your master’s thesis, in fact, I would get even more specific. That is very relevant to your job search. The AS degree doesn’t need to be mentioned, and you don’t need to include the emphasis for your BA.

    I also agree with AnnaO that more descriptive titles for you volunteer positions would make those stand out more.


  5. RLC

    My first comment is one that others have said: You must give a title for your thesis and you must create titles for your volunteer experience. Even if there was no official job title, “volunteer” tells me nothing.

    Consider your formatting. Personally, I hate bullet pointed resumes. That’s a personal thing and I’m sure others don’t agree. Check your font, it should all match. When I see un-matching fonts, I assume copy and paste job, also lack of attention to detail.

    I would consider using different word choices. You say under Circulation Clerk that you “oversaw volunteers” why not say you “supervised volunteers when their primary supervisor was not available”? If I’m looking for someone with supervisory experience, that’s the word I am looking for.

    Finally, I agree that it is too long. One page should cover things.


  6. Barbara Burd

    I look for resumes that are clearly focused on the advertised position. Since you don’t have experience in the specific position, I would re-format your resume to include a strengths section at the very beginning. In this section, you can briefly state what strengths you would bring to the job. This will set you apart from the many other candidates who will submit the same format of resume that you have here. You can expand on it in your cover letter.


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