I wonder how many job seekers feel similarly to my good friend, Jaci, a military veteran who paused from the workforce for several years as she reared her young children. Today, while working part-time in their school, she is finishing her degree in Human Resources and looking forward to jumping back into a full-time career.
Needless to say, she has concerns with her resume
. How can she explain her gap in employment? How can she generalize all the knowledge and skills she acquired in the military? How can she, in a one page document, convince potential employers her military experience is relevant to the civilian world?
I know resume concerns vary. Perhaps you wonder what to write when you have yet to be employed; you aren’t sure which jobs to highlight when you’ve held many; you wonder which skills are transferable from an obscure previous job; you’d like to compare your resume to a sample resume
of one in your desired career field; you think your resume format is outdated; or you simply want a professional to scan your resume for errors. The list goes on.
I hear you. To help, I have compiled a list of (mostly) brick and mortar agencies who can assist you in your resume development
- Seek the support of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor whether from a state agency or a private agency for the blind and visually impaired. (Locate a local service provider by using our directory of services).
- Inquire about resume-writing help at your local library or at your local university’s career center.
- The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors an American Job Center in every state. Search for the one nearest you and receive assistance on resume writing.
- If you are a high school student, make an appointment with your school’s career counselor.
- If you are a university student, ask your school’s student disability resource center if there is a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselor on staff who provides assistance with resume development.
- If you are a US military veteran, utilize the services of Veteran’s Employment and Training Services, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Am I missing any service providers? If so, add them in the comments section.
Ah, one more thing. For all of you with a particular concern regarding a gap in employment or other situation you wish you could explain in your resume, take heart: consider mentioning it in your cover letter. Not sure how to work the info into your cover letter? I’ll leave you with the following:
Resources for Your Cover Letter
Writing a Cover Letter
Recipe for Success: The Secret Ingredient to a Compelling Cover Letter