Name: Valerie Albanese
Objective: Secure the most amazing museum job where I can develop creative programs and exhibits, collaborate with colleagues, encourage and engage in memorable visitor experiences and cultivate and nurture an interest in museums in my community.
Education: Lots, I have loans to prove it!
Related Experience: Ah this part always gets me…. so I’ll stop here…. This post is inspired by my recent attempts to (yet again) “update” my resume. For me, I suppose it’s the equivalent of spring cleaning (for pack rats). So why don‘t I love to update my resume?
- It is time consuming! Although I should not have to re-invent the wheel (and if I did, I’d have a wheel, not a resume) it’s a strain on my creative abilities to try to make the same thing sound different.
- My template(s) seem so traditional and ordinary. I know I need to “stand-out” but it’s figuring out how (and I’ve used InDesign and Word formats). Part of me hopes that one day, paper-resumes will be obsolete and there will be a new, fresh way of representing oneself.
- I’ve done a lot in my various positions and it’s challenging to keep it concise while fully sharing all the fabulous things about me. Keeping it to one page is like an urban legend!
While I can continue listing these challenges, I’d prefer to focus on possible solutions. I recently (and randomly) came across this interesting post. The writer provides great insight from the perspective of a resume-reviewer to anyone who may be tweaking their resumes (especially engineers). Many of his key points resonated with me, but my major take away is that my resume is not my life story (that will be The Memoirs and Musings of Val, on shelves 2020) and as a resume-writer I need to be considerate of my field, my own expectations and doing a good job of linking the two together adequately and with brevity.
Here are a few suggestions for those of you in embarking on similar journeys:
- Consider your college/ graduate school Career Planning Office to review your current resume. Positives: objective review, no cost.
- Have a trusted colleague, peer, mentor, or professor review your current resume. Positives: If in the same field, this individual will provide great detailed-insight, no cost.
- Reaching out to anonymous professionals via list-servers and specialized online groups may provide the same results as above.
- Consider an agency or specialized service to review your resume and cover letter. Although this will probably be expensive, it’s likely because this option will produce great end results (good networking opportunities, and one-on-one assistance with experienced professionals).
- Certain organizations (including the American Association of Museums) offers mentor programs to build relations, which can be a great opportunity (if involved) to have a conversation about resumes.
- Furthermore, some conferences have opportunities to attend Resume Writing Workshops and career building exercises.
- For those of you who may want to be more…discreet, scouring resumes of other professionals may be of interest.
If you have any suggestions, do share! I promise I won’t make my resume better than yours!