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Hi there, I am a talented divorcee and I need a job. I can't afford to work for minimum wage and mathematical shortcomings are all that is keeping me from my degree (I have flunked remedial math 4 times and can't take my science courses to obtain my degree without a passing math grade) I have 167 college credits with a 3.45 gpa if you subtract the math courses from my overall GPA. I have owned my own jewelry store, been an assistant manager of a pawn shop, been a private investigator, and am the only NAIS certified adoption search specialist in the entire country. I have worked as a Karaoke DJ in bars and private parties but my karaoke gear is not working presently and I can't afford the repairs being unemployed. I have also written computer game reviews for Amiga world and Computer Gaming World magazines. I served as the president of the Abington Downs homeowners association in Madison, Alabama and was on the Architechural control Comittee. I have no resume because most of my experience is self employment. I really need to find a high paying job or entry level at about $35-40K in order to make my bills. Below is an example of what i have come up with for a resume, I think it stinks, I need help. Please offer suggestions. I can't move I live in San Diego. Leah XX Caminito St. San Diego, Ca. 92XXX 858-XXX-XXXX home 858-XXX-XXXX cell Objective: To land an entry level job at Yahoo! Near or from my home in San Diego, Ca. Summary: This is not your standard resume, and I am not your standard future employee. I would make an excellent choice in a position at Yahoo! because after years of real life experience I know it is all about the bottom line and results, and experience has taught me how to achieve this goal. My college GPA stands at about 3.45 however in addition to having a good education, at the age of 43 I have a lot of real life experience that other younger entry level candidates can’t match. Education is important, but many things can’t be taught in a book. Furthermore, as my former mother-in-law once said of me I am, “Honest to a fault”. Honesty and dependability are very important to me. I know a company like Yahoo! values these traits too. I have had a thriving web based business in the late ‘90’s focusing on the Tiger Electronics interactive toy “Furby” which promoted this toy and generated thousands of dollars in revenue on click through commissions alone. I am high energy and enjoy the spotlight. I have worked as a professional disc jockey and karaoke entertainer for 12 years, I was also a licensed private investigator and taught beading classes and jewelry craft in my own boutique in Madison, Alabama. I have been to fourteen countries both for business and pleasure. I have also been a relief worker in the Honduras. All this while raising a family of four children. These things make me a great choice for any entry level position. Most of my experience stems from self employment or volunteer work. Again, unlike your average candidate, I can’t list dates employed here or there, because being a Mom and a wife came first when I was married. I have not punched a clock since I left the US Navy in 1987. I have been working on my BA sporadically, as money permits, and also working on repairing my credit post divorce induced bankruptcy. Please do not judge me on my credit report; it is not a fair representation of my credit-worthiness. Much of the red is still pending litigation with my former spouse and as much as I wish I could pay all the joint debt we held, I can’t. I would like the opportunity to sit down and discuss a position at Yahoo! in an interview. I am sure that once Yahoo! sees that I am a fast learner, outgoing and LOVE people, Yahoo! will know I am the right choice for a position. I am hoping to earn at least 35 – 40K in my first year, but do not want to place a 40K limit upon myself… I require at least 20K and would need health benefits and retirement. I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Leah XX 858-XXX-XXXX

Asked By: Lorindellia L - 8/27/2008
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Just because you were self-employed doesn't mean you can't get your job history onto a resume. You will just need to come up with some business and personal references (3 each should do the trick for a total of 6) that can attest to you being dependable, having a strong work ethic, that kind of thing. But you simply... More
Answered By: Christian_Mommy - 8/27/2008
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Sweetheart...if you want people's advice then please retype your question and make it shorter. Nobody is going to read all this. Goodness.
Answered By: Mariam - 8/27/2008
 
The resume has way tooooo much chatter about your life which should NEVER be on a resume... More
Answered By: kate - 8/27/2008
 
Self employment is fine to put on a resume. I wouldn't say what you have stinks, although it has way too much info on you personally but not much of anything professionally (like the jobs you have in the top part of your question) but I'd be surprised if sending it generated a response from Yahoo. Good luck
Answered By: Judy - 8/27/2008
 
unfortunately No 1 is right, I got halfway through your first paragraph,,, and personally,,, IF any of us knew how or where to make that kind of money, wed be doing it ourselves. Most people believe they cant make it with a minimum wage job and feel they are worth far more than that too... and we are... however... we... More
Answered By: uniquegftsnmore - 8/27/2008
 
For starters, you are too wordy. Nobody cares about your background and that you are a divorcee. You also don't want to highlight that you are horrible in math. Focus on your strengths and the skills you ahve and how you be valuable to an employer. You sound like you are trying to use a sob story to get hired, and... More
Answered By: Meghan - 8/27/2008
 
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