The Daily Eight: September 27, 2016

Sep 27, 2016

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1) How to tell your boss that you’re not her personal assistant. (Corporette)

2) Can’t get enough of these simple Louise et Cie heels with a chic velvet knot on the front.  Perfect for fall.

3) Vogue picked a fight with fashion bloggers. It’s so 2009. (The Cut)

4) I hope these Vixen ballet flats from Dr. Scholl’s are comfortable.  I also like the look of their Lydia OTK boots.

5) If Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s resume can fit on one page, so can yours. (LinkedIn)

6) This ASOS off the shoulder sweater is relaxed and on trend (also in petite).  This embellished sweatshirt is also cool.

7) Prime Minister Theresa May wants more fathers to talk to their daughters about politics to encourage more women to run for office. (Telegraph)

8) This harvest olive wreath is definitely going on my front door.  I currently use this boxwood wreath from Etsy.

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  1. Em says:

    I appreciate the blurb about Marissa Mayer’s resume (and love seeing creative exec-level resumes) ..BUT many of us who are early-mid in our careers (& need to list advanced degree work) need to win over the res-screening-by-computer. I feel like it’s just so tough write a concise resume that conveys an appropriate breadth of experience and also hits on all the needed keywords.
    Also, I know this is a contentious issue but has anyone here missed out on a job bc of the length of their resume (either too short or too long)? I’m curious if it’s best to ‘err on the side of caution’ or if a 2pg-er is worth the risk.

    • heatherskib says:

      I don’t- as long as all the information is relevant. If it appears that someone is just going for a word count, that’s a different matter!

    • Anna says:

      You don’t have to put every single thing you’ve done on your resume, only what is most relevant for the job to which you’re applying. You can elaborate in your cover letter or interview. I have one really long resume where I go into more detail about each job, and then when I go to apply to something, I’ll pick and choose from that to tailor the resume to the job at hand. You have to be ruthless when you edit, really question how necessary each point is, and ask yourself how can you say something in as few words as possible. I don’t think an early-mid career professional should have a resume beyond one page. I have a section in my resume for “Additional Experience” where I list shorter-term jobs like campaigns that are relevant but don’t merit a whole section with bullets but are worth mentioning.

    • rar says:

      I don’t even look at a resume if it’s more than one page. Granted, most of the positions I interview for are entry-level associate positions. I might feel differently if I was interviewing seasoned professionals with years of work experience. Personally, I’m a 7th year attorney and still wouldn’t consider letting my resume go over one page.

    • Belle says:

      Like the other commenters said, since most of the jobs I used to hire for included a lot of writing, I considered a two-page resume indicative of someone who couldn’t self-edit. Bottom of the pile.

      • Kate says:

        Sadly in the executive branch/federal agencies a 6 page resume for a mid career professional is short. The initial screen is either automated or done by a junior HR professional. Exact matches/phrase-ology are the only things that get you through and the resumes reflect it. Being on a panel with 15 resumes forwarded for consideration often guarantees you 100+ pages to review.

    • Brittany says:

      I feel completely the same on this: if you’re applying for government jobs, you have to get those ‘buzz’ words in and if you’re experienced (I’m a fifth year attorney), there are A LOT of skills/experiences/etc. that you have to highlight to get pick up by scanners. I’m sure it’s different if you’re not dealing with a huge machine like USAJOBS, but I can tell you firsthand that I’ve not felt disadvantaged having a longer resume (2 pages) and neither have the colleagues I have who have all applied and gotten jobs through that particular search engine. So, my advice would be: if you’re in government, it doesn’t matter!

      • Belle says:

        I haven’t used USAJobs, so this is very helpful. What kind of buzzwords are they looking for? I’m curious.

        • Brittany says:

          Honestly, they want to see the stuff that you see in the job posting. That’s what gets caught by the scanners, which feels awfully redundant, but is unfortunately what works. I recommend that people make a list (copy/paste) of the key skills/duties/etc. that are in the online questionnaire (KSAs- Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) and make sure those things are verbatim in the resume.

  2. Amanda says:

    I can vouch for the Vixens — they are awesome! Only downside is that the super-cushioned footbed can absorb sweat, so they’re not great for warm days. Will be my go-to flat in the fall/winter for sure, though.

  3. Sam says:

    It is ridiculous for Pottery Barn to charge a $150 for a simple wreath like that.

  4. Sarah says:

    Re: the Dr Scholls ballet flats…they get a low rating and the 5 customers who reviewed them all said something about either lack of comfort or poor fit/quality. Maybe not a good buy!

  5. LeslieJeannene says:

    I have the vixen flats and they need to be seriously broken in…I haven’t been able to wear them a full day without them rubbing blisters on my heels.

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