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I know I've made this exact post before, but I need to whine a little bit, so I'm going to make it again.

The jobsearch thing keeps underlining that I spent six years doing an entry-level job v-e-r-y well. I made it branch into new directions, created/facilitated some excellent sales opportunities, got a lot of respect, and did a really bang-up job at it, but still, the basic job title was an entry-level position, and I never really picked up a new title. Add to that that I really only focused on data juggling...and never learned SQL, though it was something I was starting to do.

The only thing I've got enough experience at to move myself out of "entry level" is MS Excel, *maybe* marketing copywriting, but that's kind of a stretch, since I've only got about a year of professional experience at it--maybe a month of paid experience.

The state's requiring me to play on their search engine, but it just sends me very basic admin assists, because it's impossible to sell yourself as a generalist, no matter how good a generalist you are :(

Whine, whine. Okay, I'm finished.


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Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
you should see what the unemployment site sends my way, LOL. For the last decade I've been digging holes in the dirt and gotten really good at describing broken rocks. The site usually gives me bupkiss except door to door sales and secretarial work.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Right! It's like those Harry Potter memes where if you weren't obviously stupidly excitable, obsessed with your own cleverness, or eeeeevil, they'd put you in hufflepuff :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Job Titles
In one of my former lives, I was a professional resume writer. The way that I handle my own job titles is this:

Actual Official Job Title

* Acted as REAL JOB TITLE blah blah blah

I try to work in both. For example, I held one job entitled Executive Legal Assistant. My real position was Corporate Paralegal, so I sell the experience on that.

I also scan attractive job ads for language that I can use to describe my own experience. Always with accuracy, I don't make stuff up -- but I try to keep the descriptions fresh and in tune with the ads I'm reading. It makes it easier for recruiters to match my resume with their needs.


Edited at 2009-06-23 01:04 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Job Titles
That's not a bad idea at all, scanning other ads, I'll try to do that. Thanks )
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