by Nick Waterhouse
Experience is good. And so is money. These two things are the reasons why I find myself back in America doing the one thing I hate most in this world: job hunting. I’ve had a great 5 years of working for myself, living by the beach in Los Angeles and traveling all over the place. At some point during this period of blissful self-support, I convinced myself that a return to the job sector was necessary to further my understanding of certain industries of interest. While the jury is still out on whether this is a good decision, I’m not going to lie and say the prospect of working with a great company (and potentially doubling my income) doesn’t excite me… at least a little bit. I am still running my e-commerce company and am still helping small businesses market themselves, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. But at some point, it’s necessary to take a leap – to make a sacrifice – in order to grow. That is where I find myself now: sacrificing a bit of freedom (and sleep) to invest my time and energy into working for an organization that will help me network, learn and grow.
Sounds great, right? Sure, having an awesome job will be a positive thing, but finding that job is a whole other story. Before I began the hunt, it was time to “update” my résumé. Unfortunately, my most recent résumé was about 5 years old and didn’t include the majority of my relevant work experience. It was time to hit the drawing board. I researched how to sell my experience as an entrepreneur, how to make my résumé stand out and found tools that helped make this whole process a walk in the park.
Below you will find the best articles and resources from around the web that helped me put together a great résumé.
I wouldn’t recommend using a super colorful and crazy template (unless you are a graphic designer) but showcasing your creativity and making yourself stand out amongst the crowd is never a bad thing. Just be careful when choosing as a lot of these templates are .ai files and if you are not comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, you’ll spend more time on formatting than you would like.
279 Free Resume Templates – For those of you that want to keep it relatively simple using Microsoft Word
Staying Competitive in 2015
Writing a Personal Bio
General Résumé Hacks
These are my favorite résumé articles out of the hundreds I read. I hope this list saved you time and energy and that you were able to gather some useful information. When researching for any project, I use Evernote to save awesome articles and websites. Evernote is an amazing tool that I highly recommend using to stay organized and share media between devices. If you have any more résumé tips or tricks, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below. If you want to check out my résumé, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.