**Update: Weds 3/24/10. Here's Amber's cover letter too. Start in with the comments please!**
Just as I requested, Amber sent me her resume. Below is the job ad. Probably not redacted enough since I can't imagine there's too many of this type of organization out there, but since to redact it further would wipe out all the solid information you'll need to provide edits to Amber, so be it. It's not like it wasn't a public ad in the first place.
As you might recall, when I agreed to post this I told Amber she was going to have to do some self-editing too. No free ride! So here's her comments about the resume she submitted.
The section of my resume that I believe needs the most work is the first section, which is my archival experience. I have 3 different positions at the same institution listed separately, and I don't list whether any positions are full or part time. I'll lay out that info below for you. There's probably also a few jobs I could completely eliminate from the resume, but I'm not sure how to do that without leaving obvious gaps. The 'Leadership, Recognition, and Awards' section is probably unnecessary at this point, since I'm no longer fresh out of school. And overall, I am a little uncomfortable with the length of my resume. I think 2 and a half pages might be seen as too long for someone who is still entry-level.
Now all of that's fair game. Amber also noted that she thought applying for the position was also a stretch but since I haven't read either in-depth yet, I can't comment on that. Here's what I'm looking for from you. Please provide any edits you think would improve her resume WITH an explanation of them. Feel free to tackle the topics Amber has already suggested. If you want to do a edit/reformat of the whole document, email me and let me know and I'll arrange to add your version online in the GoogleDocs area where I'm currently hosting Amber's resume. I've put Amber's resume here.
I will note a couple of quick things--first, I converted Amber's word doc to a pdf since for some bizarre reason, GoogleDocs did more damage to the doc view than it did to the pdf view. So the pdf is closer to the original, though not exact. Second, in messing about with it (sorry Amber) I removed her header from the first page of the resume. It's on all the rest though, so that's okay. So Amber, that would actually be my first suggestion. All your contact info is already on the first page of your resume so you don't need the header on that one. Having said that, I'll give you two more quickies that I picked up at a glance. My second suggestion? Rid yourself of the GPAs. Nothing makes you look like you're fresh out of college than having a GPA after your degree. You're justifiably proud of them, but pretty much the only people who care about that would be anybody at the grad school where you're applying for a doctoral program. Employers at the grad level, not so much. Third: Put page numbers in the header while you're at it.
Okay, that's it for me on this one for the moment. The field is open for the rest of you. Next weekend I'll post her cover letter. And the blog will continue on with its regularly scheduled programming...
The Job Ad:
[Music-Related Institution] is currently considering applicants for the position of Assistant Archivist. The Assistant Archivist reports to the Archivist and is responsible for assisting in the archival activities of the Library and Archives, including appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and digitization. He/she assists the Archivist with determining departmental needs and advocates for issues relating to or affecting the archival collections; works with the Archivist to set priorities for collection processing and for digitization; participates in the implementation of EAD for encoded finding aids; identifies and refers items as necessary for conservation treatment; submits regular reports on archival processing; and assists with reference and reproduction requests. In the absence of the Archivist, he/she supervises the activities of certain student employees, interns, and volunteers.
Master's degree in library science, archival studies, or related field; minimum of two years processing archival materials in an academic or research library setting; background in archival appraisal, arrangement, and description; experience working with various physical formats, including paper, sound recordings, video materials, and photographs; working knowledge of current metadata and descriptive standards, including DACS, EAD, and MARC 21.
Additional degree in music or related discipline; knowledge of rock and roll and related popular music genres; conservation experience; supervisory experience.
[Music-Related Institution] is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans, and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets this art form and through its Library and Archives as well as its educational programs. The Library and Archives of [Music-Related Institution] will be the most comprehensive repository of written and audiovisual materials relating to the history of rock and roll. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to these materials for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general public in order to further their understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on our society.
For consideration, send resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications along with salary history to: [Music-Related Institution]