Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 9 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. She is also one of only a few professionals worldwide to achieve the coveted “Certified Expert Resume Writer” distinction.
What was your first job?
I was 11 years old and started a barrette-making business. Remember those barrettes back in the 80’s with the ribbon laced in them? They also had feathers, beads, etc. dangling from them? THAT was my first job. I started making and wearing them. Pretty soon I was making them for friends and decided to start charging to pay for the beads, ribbon, etc. ($2 weekly allowance only goes so far). I charged $2 a pair, cornered the market, and sold to the entire school. Not bad money for a 5th grader. After that, my first “real” job at 15 was as a waitress at a local family restaurant chain. The whole crew was from my high school, so it was really more like one big party.
What was your worst job?
I took a job as a telemarketer for a window company. Nothing is worse than having person after rude person either a) curse at you, or b) curse at you and then hang up on you, hour after hour, day after day. Who could blame them? The company gave me a printout with thousands of names on it and I had to call each person after work or during dinner. I stayed a week.
Wait, I have one more! In my early 20’s, I began a sales job selling chemicals to big manufacturing facilities. My first day on the job (I in my suit, skirt, and heels) nervously trailed behind 3 men as we snuck into the side entrance of a building marked, “Employees Only”. As we bobbed and hid behind boxes, barrels and containers on our hands and knees most of the time, I thought, ‘WHY am I here? Oh, right. I’m out of work and need the money’. When we were caught and the salesmen started their spiel (falling on deaf ears), I stood there feeling embarrassed and a little relieved. I apologized to the manager, turned around, and never looked back.
What are you going to blog about?
Anything and everything relating to resumes, cover letters and the job search. I have been helping job seekers for 11 years now (by far my favorite job!) by writing resumes and cover letters, creating social networking and online profiles, and offering job search guidance. Job seekers have many questions, so I will try to address them one blog post at a time.
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