Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting help

I have to look for a job (again).  Which means I had to update my resume' (again).

I do a lot of writing but I have always struggled with resumes.  I have experimented with a variety of formats, looks, and ways to do it.  In the earlier days of my career before computers I typed them with my electric typewriter (yes, I owned one!).  After typing it, I'd head to an office supply to run the copies and mail them out.  At one point, I had this brilliant idea to use electric green paper so it would stand out in a stack of resumes on someone's desk.  Looking back, it was a silly idea but it can never be said that I'm not willing to be adventurous.

The radio business allowed for some sloppy resume writing.  If the tape sent showcasing on-air work was awesome the resume could be written in crayon drunk and you could still get a job.

Its a different world these days.

It seems many companies that own radio stations are eager to cut staff and lay people off.  I've always loved the radio business but the business of radio these days seems to be more about how cheap a station can be run than pride in the product on the air.  Finding a quality radio job is becoming a lot like finding a needle in a haystack.

I decided to broaden my horizons a bit.  That's why I ended up at Fox 11.  Unfortunately this job ends in January so I'm looking for another opportunity.

Thanks to one of my Facebook friends (Mr. Eric Cawley), for the first time in my nearly 25 year broadcasting career, I got some help.

I have so much experience that I need perspective.  How do I take a career where I've done so much and put it all into a page or two that means something to a prospective employer?

There's something weird that happens when you get a lot of experience and expertise.  It narrows your job prospects.  Its kind of like wishing for a lottery win.  Sure, you end up having all the money you want to buy everything you've ever desired.  But, it presents an entirely new set of problems that you never thought you'd encounter.

The new version of my resume is the best one I've ever had.  It put my years of hard work into a well organized document.  Its already scored me an interview for next week.  I'm grateful for the help, perspective, and advice.

Here's to my next job.  And, take this advice for yourself:  Solicit advice from others.  Use it wisely.  It can make a big difference.