Direct Marketing Resume
Q: I have recently been laid-off . I know of a lot of other folks who have suffered my same fate in the last few months. Do you have any suggestions of how can I make my resume especially attractive to companies with high-level DM positions? And, do you know a good source of potential DM positions?
A: You are absolutely right — we know of lots of folks in your same position right now and it’s scary. However, try to think of this as the launching pad of the next step in your career! In terms of your resume, where we’ve seen success is when DM professionals clearly outline their core strengths in a succinct, non-verbose format. This is easier said than done (we’re quite verbose ourselves — so we know this isn’t always easy : ) ). List your core strengths in bullet points in your resume summary. This gives recruiters an easy way to review what you offer as they are scanning through hundreds of resumes. It will definitely make your resume stand out if these points are written well and concisely.
In terms of places to look . . . you are probably already posting your resume online with the main employment search folks (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc). For DM positions, consider our favorite Facebook Group “What I Saw at the Direct Marketing Revolution.” Get involved with this group — let them know that you are very interested in finding a new position, put your resume out there, and post to the various discussions. The folks involved in this group are DM professionals worldwide — building relationships here may help you land your next perfect job. Also, join other social networking sites like LinkedIn if you haven’t already. There are lots of opportunities posted there as well.
Meanwhile, best of luck to you in the next chapter of your career! When you land — let us know what was successful for you and we’ll update this answer so that it’s included so that it helps others. Good luck!