I can’t say enough good things about the Robert Newlen resume session. Seriously, I’m going to look like a brand new person on paper once I finish updating to the new Newlen style. My resume has been pretty stagnant through my career for a few reasons:

  • I always thought a resume could only be one page long
  • I’ve been putting education first
  • I haven’t listed non-library jobs, even though they might have relevance to the library positions I’ve applied for
  • I haven’t been very good about showing my near gap-less employment record

The updated resume will be almost 4 pages long. I’m a grown ass woman applying for grown ass librarian positions: people will take the time to flip through. Instead of starting with education, which makes me look inexperienced, I will start with professional experience. Plus, I will include the related, non-library things to create a full 10 year history. Does that put me back to high school? Well, yes. But it looks good, I must say. Instead of glossing over the one year gap that is my first year of law school, I’m going to enter 1L in the list of professional experience, and detail some of what I did there, just like I would describe my work under other jobs. Yes, there will be overlapping dates for part time stuff while I was in school, plus full time employment during library school–but that’s what an interview is for.

I’m also adding in speaking engagements and publications. I had forgotten about my published article from my undergrad days at George Mason. No, I can’t say that a paper on constructive Orientalism in an Angela Carter story will be helpful to any library patron, for any reason… but the fabulous  Sarah Sheehan at GMU found the citation for me via Ask A Librarian chat and a follow up email. So darn it, I’m including it.

I’ll update the CV page once I’m through, and rename it “Resume.” I hope it will show a better rounded Meg. I’ll let you know when that happens.

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