Very good! Thanks for sharing. I wish I could see this a few years ago when I hunted for a job. Some additions...

dennis2 (Dennis)
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I polished my resume with the help of one of my relatives in the US at that time. One thing worth mentioning is that he set up a simple access database to keep track of all the resume sent, etc.

Usually when people hunt for jobs, they sent tens or even hundreds of resumes. For specific potential employers, the resume might need to be modified to adapt the requirements. Keeping track of all these is important for job hunting.

The database can be extremely simple that it can only have one table. Some suggestions on fields:

* Company/Job Agent Name - who is hiring (with contact info, or this can be a separate field)
* Job posting Date - when this position was posted
* Where it was posted - (optional) newspaper, newsgroup, website, etc.
* Job requirement - the requirement for the position
* Date Resume sent - the date you send your resume
* Current Status - can be: resume sent (waiting for response), got first interview, got phone call, dead(oh well), etc.
* Resume - this is the resume content you actually sent to the company, preferably with cover letter

This is just an outline, use your imagination to include whatever fields you think is important or useful.

Have your machine always on during daytime, with this database open. Then when you get a phone call from the company or job agent, you can easily look it up in the database instead of saying:

"Huh, sorry, could you please tell me what the position is all about?"

You might need to design a simple query if you need to keep track of hundreds of resumes.

Anyway, I might still have the database. If anyone need it, I'll post it on the net when I got home tonight (provided I can still find it).
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