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Meet A Unique Resume Writer: Kelly Q!

Resumes aren’t meant to fit in a cookie cutter.

As the first thing an employer sees, you want your resume to be as unique as you are. While there are guidelines you should follow, a generic resume is the best way to find yourself at the bottom of the stack.

So, when we came across Kelly Quinlan’s oh-so-unique resume, we had to share. We wanted to get to know the woman behind the resume, so we asked Kelly a few questions:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I work as an advertising copywriter for a major car manufacturer in Detroit. Contrary to popular belief outside of my business, that doesn’t mean I work in a copyright office bestowing the © symbol all day.

My favorite thing about my job is that it’s constantly changing. That may drive others insane, but I thrive in those kinds of situations. In my spare time, I write for my own personal enjoyment. I’m currently working on a memoir that will consist of a series of short stories. On weekends you can find me at bookstores, drinking good beer with friends, walking on nature trails, or taking road trips to visit friends or family.

What has your job search been like?

Slow. And at times it can be frustrating.

You may go on lots of great interviews and be told you’re perfect for the job. Yet, at the end of the day, the company ends up hiring somebody else. I could take it personally. It’s not though. It’s business. A few times, I was picked over because of geographical location or because the other person just had that extra skill set the company was looking for at the time. But with each interview I’m growing and learning and taking what I’ve learned into the next opportunity.

Since I’m currently employed, I’m ultimately looking for a job that I’m passionate about and one where I feel like I can make a difference. Giving up isn’t an option and the only way to succeed is to try again.

What inspired you to write this resume?

I wanted a resume that was interesting to read and reflected my personality. And I grew tired of people telling me a resume had to fit into a certain formula to be successful. A resume is a writing sample and I realized how important it was to make it interesting. After all, it doesn’t bode well for my career as a writer if I can’t get anyone to read it.

Did you use this resume in your job search?

Yes. I get varied responses. I’ve had people read it, laugh, and then ask, “Ok, now where’s your real resume?”

I used to worry about the fact that it’s a bit unorthodox, but I quickly realized that if a company is put off by it, we aren’t a good fit anyway. On the other hand, if the person reading it “gets” me, I’m a lot closer to finding a company that suits my personality.

If you could sum up the job-hunting process in a single word, what would it be?

Long.

If you could advise other job seekers about their resumes, what would you say to them?

First, a resume is probably your most important tool in the job-hunting process. But creating an effective one is a very difficult thing. Enlist the help of a site like Rezscore to get an honest assessment of how your current resume reads. Sometimes a fresh perspective can make all the difference.

Second, don’t be afraid to be yourself. A resume is a reflection of your personality. Try not to worry too much if it’s different from somebody else’s. In this case, it helps to be unique.

 

We’re looking for RezScorians with unique and A+ resumes! If you have an A+ resume and would like to be featured in next week’s blog, message us on Twitter orFacebook. 

Don’t have an A+ resume? Keep on trying! When you submit your resume to our grader, you will receive a personalized list of helpful tips and tricks to make your resume rock! 

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