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Resume Rescue

Like the choking, pungent, smoky wildfires in Florida – there’s a burning question that should be swirling in the heads of anybody who is reading this blog.

When was the last time you updated your resume? You may have been in the same position for 20 years, you may be looking to change career paths, you may be fresh out of college or you may currently be unemployed.

No matter what category you’re in, take a good, hard look at your curriculum vitae.

When I graduated from Journalism school almost 11 years ago – I probably had a really, really lame resume, but I still managed to get job offers aplenty and had my pick of where I wanted to work.

These days, I know of folks who aren’t even getting an interview and if they do, they’re up against people who are willing to do just about anything to be the top candidate.

When I say look at your resume, I mean be brutal. The basic, created-on-Microsoft Word-template resume is no longer acceptable. Employers are now getting hundreds of resumes for just one position and if something doesn’t catch his or her eye and stand out from the rest of the bland, black and white, run of the mill resumes – believe me, you aren’t even getting a toe in the door.

If you think your resume is stellar, and you haven’t touched it in more than a year – revamp it immediately!

Give it to a friend and see what they have to say.

I always thought my resume rocked until a friend said that it just didn’t have much to offer and that my personality did not  shine through. Oops! Even though I’m staying right where I am, I still wanted to make my resume sing!

I critiqued the heck of it and realized yeah, this really sucks. Since I’m not hungry for a new job, I really didn’t put much effort into my “calling card” so to speak. So here’s my original resume: resume sample 1.

I tried to make resume 1 jazzy by picking a fancy font for my name, and even put my best attributes right underneath, but otherwise the great content looks just like a sea of text that might get cumbersome to read. By the way, on this resume I blocked out my contact information and my references. Sorry stalkers! ;)

So, I decided to throw out this entire format and here’s what I came up with: resume sample 2.

Hold your applause please! Ok, so I’m proud of this. Folks, I’m not a graphic designer. I created this on Microsoft Publisher. Once I got going, there was no stopping me.

I was so pleased that I was able to put all the most important information on ONE PAGE! That is a big plus to an HR professional whose eyes probably start bleeding from reading so many 2, 3 and 4 page resumes.

By the way, in honor of this post, I totally faked out my contact information and my references – expect of course the wonderful owners of Catch Your Limit Consulting!

I think this rescued resume speaks for itself. More than anything, it’s a HUGE improvement and is much more eye catching and hopefully appealing.

More than anything, I truly hope it goes to show that a few changes and a new look could really make a huge difference.

I’m glad I ditched my old resume and started anew. I really hope you’ll consider doing the same.

You never know when opportunity will knock. When it does you’ll be able to shoot that perfectly poised resume PDF right over to somebody who might be ready to offer you the job you’ve been waiting for your whole life.

><(("> Mandy Stark

Mandy is a ><(("> Friend of Catch Your Limit, a marketing firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To contact Mandy email her at or to learn more about Catch Your Limit, visit

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