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2 months, 100+ applications, 0 results so far - please critique resume

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[OP]
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Aug 23, 2004
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2 months, 100+ applications, 0 results so far - please critique resume

Hello,

I've been applying for about 2 months now using the following two resumes with no results to date:
Accounting AP/AR
http://docdro.id/GQyXaCx

Administrative Assistant
http://docdro.id/H8nbOKc

I am applying to harder to get into companies - municipal government, utilities, colleges, etc.

Thank You in advance for the feedback.
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Feb 7, 2006
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Your first resume at least isn't bad - but what types of roles are you applying to? Your experience is fairly limited in scope, automated at many companies already, and at the lower end within the "accounting/finance" world...are you overshooting by applying to roles which are too above your experience level?
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winner2000 wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 7:25 pm
Your first resume at least isn't bad - but what types of roles are you applying to? Your experience is fairly limited in scope, automated at many companies already, and at the lower end within the "accounting/finance" world...are you overshooting by applying to roles which are too above your experience level?
AP is never above one experience level.
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raichu1 wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 7:27 pm
AP is never above one experience level.
Not sure if I understand your point. I was trying to say that if OP is applying to a "Senior Accountant" role (as an example), he is way too underqualified with his AP/AR/Admin experience.
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Sounds like very basic entry-level experience, which are a dime a dozen (maybe hundred).

Don’t mean to sound harsh OP but you don’t posess either 1) unique skillset or 2) high demand skillset.
[OP]
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That's understood, applying for the same level AP/AR jobs, so not going for higher level jobs.

Also applying for admin assistant jobs.

There are quite a few postings with that have lower minimum requirements. Since my resume is not getting any traction, I though maybe something can be improved resume-wise.
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Did you receive any interviews?

Where are you geographically located?

Why do you want to leave your current position?
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Raven_007 wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 6:24 pm
Hello,

I've been applying for about 2 months now using the following two resumes with no results to date:
Accounting AP/AR
http://docdro.id/GQyXaCx

Administrative Assistant
http://docdro.id/H8nbOKc

I am applying to harder to get into companies - municipal government, utilities, colleges, etc.

Thank You in advance for the feedback.
Right off the bat I would suggest you put down your accomplishments rather than list responsibilities.

Instead of summary of qualifications try Objective and target to the position your applying for.

Shorten your area of expertise, MS Office should be enough you don't need to list the separate components, this should be highlighted in the body of your resume. Get rid of Customer Service.

Accounts admin, receivable and payable ....too wordy, isn't there one term that describes all 3?
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"Talent gets you in the door. Character keeps you in the room."
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Condense your experience a bit more, try a sans serif font like Calibri or Helvetica, add a splash of color i.e. to the section headers

Visual impact is just as important as the contents
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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Raven_007 wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 9:36 pm
That's understood, applying for the same level AP/AR jobs, so not going for higher level jobs.

Also applying for admin assistant jobs.

There are quite a few postings with that have lower minimum requirements. Since my resume is not getting any traction, I though maybe something can be improved resume-wise.
I would recommend apply to the Federal/Provincial/Crown Corps if you’re looking to get into the Government.

Generally, their posting let you know what they want you to include in your cover/resume.

With the Feds, there are usually screening questions as part of the application process so you know what information they’re looking for.

I don’t know if you’re in Ontario, but if so, their Provincial posting have a guideline at the bottom on how to apply.

From looking at your resume, you would be more than qualified to get hired in an entry level position as an admin assistant or something similar with the Feds/Province.
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Raven_007 wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 6:24 pm
I am applying to harder to get into companies - municipal government, utilities, colleges, etc.
You answered your own question. And I know people will argue with me that it isn't like this with government anymore, blah, blah, blah, but really you often need to know someone.
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Are you looking for anything in Markham?
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Maybe take a break in working and go to school to write a paper. I felt tired reading your job responsibilities from your past jobs. No wonder I am not in accounting.

You are a hard worker, 100 applications in 2 months! Good for you!
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Chickinvic wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 12:47 pm
You answered your own question. ...really you often need to know someone.
This. But you can get around it by networking. Ask people in offices you want to work at to go for coffee with you so you can learn how to get your foot in the door.

If you have the gumption to apply to 100 jobs, you can ask for an informational coffee sit down with a few people.

Also, some places take more than a few months to process applications. You might still be in the running for some positions.

Good luck.
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OP, do you have any connections or networking possibilities in municipal government, utilities, colleges?
This may help with getting an interview.

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