Athena Losier,, a Rockland Community College graduate, has taken a seasonal job at Victoria Secret to help pay for her education at Purchase College. Losier checks on her iphone for jobs after getting off the train at the White Plains train station before going to work on Jan. 3. (Carucha L. Meuse/ Journal News)
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Today is a brand new day! So that means today is a fresh start. I do not allow myself to be discouraged. As the days go by I always remind myself that a new job opportunity may come my way.
For the past couple of months I have been searching for a job with the same resume. So then I decided to research different resume styles. What I learned today is that maybe I need to change my resume’s style. I am a very strong and capable individual but my future employer is not able to see me beyond the piece of paper. My resume has my employment history and job duties. My resume does nor show how I am could be an asset to a company. So tonight I am going to revise my resume and apply for jobs. Instead of listing job duties, I intend to add all of my qualifications. There are many jobs available on the market, and the question that I must answer is what are these employers looking for? What makes them call back certain people? These are questions that I am going to try to find answers for.
After I’ve cleaned up my resume, I’ll keep applying for jobs. I have applied to several job opportunities on Indeed.com and Jobscore. Jobscore is a program my college has for their students to apply for jobs. Every day this week I have searched for jobs for two hours a day. In fact I have increased my hours of searching because I found that many employers post new jobs every day! So now I am even more excited to search for jobs. Next week I start a new semester of college. So I am very optimistic about my future.
I wish you the best on your job search! Remember today is a new day! You can always start over! Good luck to you all!
About the writer
Athena Losier, 22, of Spring Valley, graduated with an associate’s degree from Rockland Community College in May and has been seeking full-time employment in media/communications to help cover tuition at SUNY Purchase College. She has only been able to find seasonal employment at Victoria’s Secret.