Ann Marie T. on March 19, 2019
Resume Building and Writing,
Prior to going out on disability and then raising a child, I was ready to go back to work. I retrained for my position as a software engineer and started applying and interviewing for jobs. 3 weeks after I started this I found out I had Breast cancer. I didn't need chemo or radiation thank god but they tried 2 different estrogen meds that had very very bad side effect landing me in a hospital. I now suffer from very bad short term memory issues and cognitive thinking. I am seeing a neurologist who believes it is from the medications (chemo brain (I didn't know you can get chemo brain from these meds only from chemo)). In either event, because of this, I can't do the full-fledged jump into school or boot camp type training to re-enter the tech world. Because of the time off, I forgot A LOT! It will take time also to get back to where I could actually be ready to work in the field. However, now cancer-free and just tying up the loose ends from everything (all my reconstruction from the bilateral mastectomy, the Neurologist and memory issues, and the PTSD I have redeveloped along with the Anxiety the cancer diagnosis hit me with. I want to start training to return to work as a software engineer (IDK if I will be sticking with c# or not because IDK how much the industry has changed just yet but I do have a mentor willing to help me). Meanwhile mentally and financially I need to be back in the workplace. I can't sit home anymore!!! Anyway, I need to change my resume so that I can apply for jobs as a secretary/ administrative assistant or something of the sort. My problem is my most recent experience is all tech related. My bachelor's degree is in computer information systems and my skills are programming skills which I know I totally don't even live up to them anymore. However, every time I send my resume to an employment agency they automatically connect me to tech jobs which outside some kind of help desk I can easily be trained for I don't qualify. I want them to consider me for secretary/ admin asst. however no matter how many times I tell them that they call me only for programming jobs. Nothing seems to change it so I have realized I have to change my resume. My problem is I don't want to change my resume to the point that it hurts me when I am again looking in the tech field. Since the internet will always keep all copies of my resumes how do change my resume enough to get the job I need now without hurting my employability later? Knowing the full Microsoft package I should be able to qualify for these jobs even though I will obviously make a lot less money.