“I can’t believe we drove around all day, and there is not a single job in this town!” “Yeah, unless you want to work 40 hours a week!”

When I decided to move home from California it wasn’t easy finding a job, especially finding one in the city I grew up in and for a sports team that I grew up watching.  I applied online for positions around Cleveland for over a year and a half; all returning the same results of me not being qualified for the positions I wanted, or the positions were filled by a better candidate (I’m not sure how that is possible seeing as how I am perfect in every way, but whatever). 

After numerous rejections, I finally decided to re-create my resume.  The fact that I was still showing that I lettered in Cross Country and Track in high school, or that I was a medical marvel when it came to academics really didn’t wow any potential employers.  I needed to create a resume that would make those employers think that I knew what I was doing and that it related to what position I was applying for.  “Buzz words” were no longer deemed stupid and a waste of time.  These words helped twist simple job experience tasks into a sophisticated work of resume art.  Drove a van for Amish workers?  Try: Transportation Specialist for Constructional Engineers.  Picked up horse manure?  I prefer: Gathered and disposed of trusty steed remnants.  See how that makes the task seem much more important?  By the way, I grew up in and around Amish Country for those wondering about these odd jobs.  And no, I’m not sure who decided to hire me at the Indians based on my past job experience.

Anyway,  a resume is a very important piece of getting hired for a job.  The past two days, members of the Cleveland Indians front office have been volunteering their time at Glenville High School teaching students how to create their resumes.  Partnering with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), the volunteers  work with the students on building successful resumes as well as fielding any questions they may have about the job market.  Y.O.U. provides a resume building software that the students use, saves the resumes on their main server so they can be updated at any time, and presents the students with 10 copies each of their new professional resumes!

Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s mission is to empower youth–disadvantaged youth born into poverty–to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.  For more information, visit www.youthopportunities.org

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