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Quick Answers to Common Resume Questions

By Jeremy Cyrus 01/29/2013
Quick Answers to Common Resume Questions

Here are few quick answers to common questions about resume and the job search process.

Q:
I understand that a statistically significant number of people are disappearing from the ranks of the unemployed because they're "giving up" on the job search. What does this mean? If I could "give up", I would do it in a heartbeat, but I need to pay my rent.

A:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't define this phrase, though it is often used in official discussions of unemployment statistics. "Giving up" usually means any of three things, including 1) going back to school full time, 2) depending financially on family or a spouse, and 3) deciding to live on savings for the time being (for those lucky enough to have them). If these options are available or appealing, then "giving up", at least temporarily, might be a valid way to recharge your energy and focus on what you really want. But if you don't have this luxury, you'll just have to endure. Reach out for help and support if you need it, and know that your reserves of strength and patience are probably far deeper than you realize.

Q:
Employers always tell me my resume is "impressive", but I'm still sitting here without a job. Why?

A:
It's possible that you're over-qualified for the jobs you're pursuing. That means employers will be impressed by your resume, but they'll assume you're too expensive, or unlikely to tolerate the low level tasks the position will entail. This may also be a polite way of letting you down easily. Consider aiming a little higher, and in the meantime, try not to take casual flattery OR criticism too much to heart.

Q:
I'm still getting used to the idea of being unemployed, and to be honest, I'm a little embarrassed to reach out to my family and friends for resume help. But I need some guidance and outside perspective. What should I do?

A:
Start by visiting Free Resume Builder, a free online resume tool that can help you draft and format a professional resume that adheres to accepted standards across almost every industry.

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