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Yes, there really is Whitfield silver. According to family lore, my 7-greats-back grandmother, a duchess, brought it with her to Canada from Scotland after being disowned for marrying beneath her class.

Writing has always been a refuge for me – alternately keeping me sane and paying the bills.  I’m excited to begin this new chapter of my writing career, a blog about life as I know it.  I’ll be exploring all sorts of different topics, from teenagers to job search to hobbies to married life, and everything in between.  I’m glad you could join me on my journey.  Welcome!

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  1. Hi Rebecca!

    I came across your cover letter while doing a search for great cover letters. Your cover letter truly inspired me! In fact it gave me approval that it’s okay to write a cover letter that shows your personality. I am a stay at home mom ready and eager to reenter the work force. I read so may job descriptions daily and say to myself “just hire me, I can run circles around your people.” I was also a project manager and have spent a ton of time volunteering in leadership roles in addition to managing a household of three kids and a husband.

    My question for you is, what did your resume look like? Was it chronological, functional a combination of both and how did you list your volunteer work? I’m struggling on how to breath life back into my resume for someone to notice me.

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Best,

    Ki

    Reply
    • Hi,

      If you haven’t already, read through all the great information at http://www.askamanager.org. Great stuff! Not sure if that’s where you saw my cover letter, but that’s where it was first posted. Alison has tons of great advice and I can’t recommend her highly enough.

      My resume is chronological and looks like this:

      – Summary
      – Professional Experience (with jobs through the last 10 years, including my freelance work)
      – Education
      – Other proficiencies (bulleted list of software knowledge, i.e., Office, Macs & PCs, etc.)
      – Community Involvement (list of various volunteer roles – team management, substitute teaching, booster clubs, etc.)

      I found that including the Community Involvement section helped explain the gap in my career when I stayed home with my kids, and also gave me a place to talk about what I’ve learned through that work, such as organizing orders, managing budgets in excess of $50,000, fundraising, recruiting, etc. Of course, it also helped that I had managed to eke out continuous freelance work also – not enough to live on, but valuable experience that showed I was working. The good thing with the freelancing and the volunteer work was that it helped me build a network – and I leaned on them.

      I tried a functional resume for a bit and got absolutely no response – wouldn’t recommend it. I think what really worked was that I tailored each resume to each job I applied for to call out specific words and phrases in the job description. Once I got their attention with the personality of my cover letter, the resume just backed everything up. At least that’s what my current boss said. 🙂

      Good luck to you! Let me know how your search goes!

      Reply

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