I went into retail auto sales in 1994 when I got out of the Navy. I have been successful and for the last ten years I have managed dealership sales teams.

About four years ago I started thinking about a career change. I decided that I would need a degree to qualify for the type of positions I was interested in.

I finished the degree in December and started my job search. When the owner of the dealership found out, I was let go.

So I am in the market for a job. One of the last classes in my degree program was career management. Part of the class was a resume assignment. The document I produced, according to the class guidelines, was contrary to what Manager Tools recommends. I have a lot of respect for the advice that Mike and Mark give, so I purchased the Manager Tools info on resume writing and re-wrote what I had.

Today I am back at the university for "Career Showcase". I participated in a resume critique with a recruiter for one of the attending companies. He prefers a format similar to what the college is teaching. I like the Manager Tools format. I believe I have done a good job of separating responsibilities and achievements, and have produced a one page document that should get me an interview, even if I haven't gotten one outside of auto sales yet.

Would anyone with a "Manager Tools" mindset be willing to give my resume the once over, and let me know if I got it right? I didn't burn the midnight oil for the last four years to come up empty handed. I want to make sure that all the tools for my job search are as sharp as possible.

It's been a long time since I had to go out and search for a job. I have been fortunate that opportunities have usually come to me. Any help is appreciated.


jrosenau's picture

I'd be willing to take a look and give you anything I've got.  Just shoot me a message so we can connect.  I updated my resume recently based on the Resume Workbook and I was getting calls left and right.  Some of it had to do with the job market where I am, but a lot has to do with the resume.  Ignore the people who tell you to format differently.  The resume will get you the interview.  Once you get the interview, you'll get the offer.  Then you can decide if you want the job.  BTW - if you haven't taken advantage of the buy the CT annual license / get the interviewing series free yet, you need to.  I unfortunately didn't do it before my job search, but I was able to listen to the cast about job offers while receiving one.  A colleague told me I handled the offer situation better than anyone he knows (it involved some interesting timing and organization dynamics).  That was due to the interviewing series.  Its worth the money.


akinsgre's picture

 Purchase the resume review service.  It's well worth the price.

francoisfournier's picture

I agree it is probably worth the money, but in an early career as mine, it is still a bit steep. $400 would start eating through my 6 month contingency fund that took so long to build. 

If you want an additional (amateur) review/proofreading, do not hesitate to get in touch.

AppleJack's picture
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It's a tool to get you the interview. It's also a means of pre-screening who you will be working for. People who appreciate being focused, productive, organized, accomplishment driven --even if they've never heard of Manager Tools-- will be drawn to your resume and call you in for an interview.

Sorry to hear that your former employer was not able to handle having any employee looking to eventually move on.

Good luck with your search.