|KEEP AN ATTA BOY FILE
As a brand new columnist for haleisner.com, this series will
anything and everything that is related to job-hunting in
industry. I'm a former Television News Journalist, with experience
Assignment Editor, Feed Coordinator for ABC NewsOne, and Regional
for CONUS Communications. I left the business in 2000 to transition
career as a Certified Resume Writer, which has taken my journalism
a new level. I still interview people, and write about their
now it's in a different format. In other words, spelling and
count! I've earned my CRW credential from the Professional
and Research Association, and I'm a current member of Career
Future articles will be dedicated to resumes, cover letters,
and your questions about the whole process. If you have a
situation you'd like me to address, please don't hesitate
to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence will remain
also welcome input from News Executives who receive resumes
packages for job openings. What makes one resume stand out
Do you have any pet peeves you'd like me to mention?
And now for the first column.. KEEP AN ATTA BOY FILE
Tax time is a perfect reminder to start an atta boy file.
We all know taxes
are a lot easier to process, if we've established a decent
filing system for
all those deductions. But when it comes to gathering up all
the info for
writing a resume, we seem to forget about what we learned
from the annual
tax headache. Start the file now, and it will pay off when
you need it most:
when you're searching for your next job or promotion.
The atta boy file is all about you and your accomplishments.
This is where
you stash your old resumes along with all of your best stuff.
transcripts of award winning stories, letters of recommendation,
evaluations, certificates of achievement, and a list of seminars
recently attended workshops. When you're ready to update your
whether you hire a professional, or do it yourself, having
information handy will make the process much easier.
Here are some other things to consider for your file. Have
increased? Have you won any awards? Have you been promoted
to a better
time slot, or has the network picked up any of your stories?
interviewed any hard to reach politician or celebrity? Broke
a major news
story? These are great accomplishments that belong in your
cover letter. How about all those newsroom computer programs
While your tape shows off your work, your resume and cover
letter tell the
results of your work, and show off your fine writing skills.
It's never too
late to start your file. Make it a point to do it soon!
Next week's column: Getting past the 15 second scan