I've been looking for a new job and it's been driving me quietly insane. I haven't had to do this for over ten years because I was head-hunted for my last job, and was in the one before for almost 5 years. It appears that in the time I've been out of the job market, lots of new kinds of jobs have come up. I scroll through the pages of recruitment ads and half of them seem to be written in a foreign language! Then when I read the job description, I discover it's a job scheduling delivery trucks, or driving a crane on a building site, or, most often, something to do with computers.
When I do find one that looks possible, I read the job description and think 'yeah, I could do that'. Then quickly followed by 'but do I want to?'.
I've been spoiled, I think. For so long I've had a job that was incredibly diverse. No two days were the same. There was always a new product (film) to sell or a new event that was slightly or wildly different to the one before.
Most jobs, I'm realizing, aren't like that.
And that's what I need to get my head around. It's unlikely that I'll get a job like the one I've been doing. This city is too small, and my industry is not big enough. So I need to face the fact whatever new job I take is unlikely to be as varied and exciting as the one I've just left.
While it's difficult to try and think of new things I want to do, almost every day something is advertised that might work for me. It's just a matter of tweaking my resume to highlight whichever skills the advertised job requires. Because although I've essentially been doing the same thing for almost 20 years, that single thing has encompassed an enormous number of different skills.
Budgeting? Sure. Written and oral communication? In spades. Managing staff and client relationships? Definitely. Financial reporting and analysis? Yep. Stock control and ordering? Indeed. Event and program management? Certainly.
So, I think that while on paper my job history looks very dull and the same, I'm actually more employable than I think I am....
Have you ever had to tweak a resume? Any tips on how to make it look better?