The Dreaded R Word: Resume

Well, I’m not sure about you all, but one of adulthood’s most painful tasks to me is updating/revamping my resume.  Seriously, it elicits a tantrum that could rival a teething toddler inside my head.  I save all of mine on Google drive and currently my “Cover Letters and Resumes” file has 71 files in it.  Yep, I’ve done a resume/cover letter that many times for job applications.  Not that I necessarily do any major work each time, but I tailor my resume to each job application.

In college, it seemed like at least once a semester I had a professor who would invite our college’s career guru to do a speech.  And, given it was the same guy, it was the same speech.  Every.  Time.  Then, my senior year, before I sent out resume after resume, I went to the university’s resource center to work one-on-one with someone on my resume.

So, here I am, sharing my resume tips with you all in hopes it may lessen your pain in the process.  Take note, the creative and artsy fields may have different guidelines for their resumes, these tips are meant  for the other fields.

First off we will start with the general tips.

  • Stay consistent – however you choose to format your resume, keep that formatting all the way through, from section to section
  • Simple fonts like Times New Roman or Arial – nothing too crazy
  • Typically stay in 10 – 12 point  font
  • List your previous jobs, etc in descending order – present first followed by next most recent and so on.

Now, here’s my tips to make your resume really pop.  I can honestly say that my resume improved tenfold after the one-on-one visit, and, without meaning to toot my own horn, I can count on one hand the times that I have not received a call back after submitting my resume.

Without further ado:

  1. Make use of bold, italics, and underlining.  This helps divvy up the monotony.  But, as with the theme consistency, if you italicize a date, italicize all the dates. Or if you bold and italicize a job title, bold and italicize all job titles.
  2.  Use numbers whenever possible when describing your job duties – it gives the company you are applying to a measurement of your impact and contribution.
  3. At the beginning of each bullet point of job description, use an action verb – and for every job description besides your current job, remember to use past tense.  Your current job should start each bullet point with a present tense action verb.
  4. Pinterest is a great resource if you search “resume power words.” These are a great sampling of words to use.  And try not to use the same action verb more than twice.
  5. If you have the job description available for the job you are applying for, plug words and phrases into your resume from the job description. For example, if the job description says “proficient in popular software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel”, under that office job you had a few years back, make a bullet point that says “Developed my proficiency in popular software with the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel”

I know this post wasn’t about agriculture, but I am hoping to mix in a little variety and share what I know!

 

Happy job hunting!

❤ Meg

Morning Milking Musings: Beauty Routine Part 2 – Bovine Edition

Hello all!

My last post discussed beauty hacks for farm gals, this post is going to continue with beauty hacks, but this time for our bovine friends.  Yes, dairy cows have a beauty routine as well.

To start, a great many farms have put in mechanical cow brushes – large, heavy bristled brushes that spin so a cow can stand up against it to get a good scratch! Some barns have other products that are on the market that are attachable to a sturdy post, to do the same job.

Farmers also use different kinds of bedding, all of which reduce the amount of dirt and manure that stick to the girls! Bedding material options include straw, sand, and sawdust.  Bedding material choice is also affected by how comfortable it is for the cows and how easy it is for the farmer to work with.

The cows also get their hooves trimmed regularly – most importantly for health reasons, but also for cow comfort and keeping her able to move around freely!

Until next time,

❤ Meg

 

Does This Cow S@!*t Count As A Cleansing Face Mask?

This Gal Has Her Own Beauty Routine!Hey all!

Our urban counterparts think they have it rough radiating beauty and femininity, ag babes have to do so in all weather conditions and through nature’s most organic substances!

So I thought I would share some of my overall tips on beauty care that I’ve discovered being a farm gal.  Now, I’m not claiming to be a beauty and skin care expert by any means, also, I am not here to promote any particular brand or company.  I’m not paid by anyone to mention any brand/company.  Also, this isn’t a one way conversation – feel free to comment your own beauty and skin care tips! The gal pictured right is in the middle of her own beauty routine!

Without further ado, here’s my top 5 farmHer beauty hacks:

  1. Wet wipes, wet wipes, wet wipes.  I keep wet wipes in my truck in the event I need to wipe my face or hands off or my truck seat off! Helps keep things clean and myself presentable if I have to go out in public before heading home!
  2. Dry shampoo is your best friend. There are so many different kinds of dry shampoo on the market, I can’t say the best one. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds, and it all comes down to what you feel is best for your hair.  Right now, I really really like BedHeads RockAHolic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo.  It takes the greasy look out of my hair completely and gives my hair a nice texture to be able to style. I’ve heard it’s healthier to not wash your hair every day, but I know sometimes that’s hard if a cow takes a well aimed shot with her hind end.  On the days your hair isn’t splattered, dry shampoo is a life saver!
  3. Going deep to get that grit out. Most of you darlings probably already do, but getting yourself a good deep cleaning face wash is always a good idea. I know I sit there in the milking parlor sometimes and go “Yep, I can feel that soaking into my face.” I usually can’t wait to get home and get some face wash on.  I would also suggest an additional face cleansing/moisturizing product – an astringent or blackhead remover. I’ve heard some pretty rave reviews on the Rodan and Fields products, I personally use Neutrogena wash (I also have an Avon wash) and an Avon blackhead remover.
  4. Hand JiveAs you probably well know, winters are brutal on your hands – dry skin to the point of cracking.  I use Bag Balm for both my hands and chapped lips.  Just the other day, the Women In Ag Facebook group I am part of had a post about this very topic, so I’ll share with you what some women from across the globe use: Vaseline, lanolin, Working Hands lotion/O’Keefe’s, coconut oil, and vitamin e oil.
  5. Painting The Town….After Chores. So, what happens when you have a family get together or a night out in the evening after the work is done but you’re short on time to get glammed up? Which, let’s be honest, is what happens every time an outing comes up. Ah, the struggles of ag life.  So, I’ll share what I do to make the process go smoother.  Obviously, I be sure to know what I am going to wear as well as what I am doing with my hair.  With my hair, I make sure it is simple and something I already know how to do.  Before I go to milk, I’ll put some mousse in my hair and either put it in a french braid or tie it in a bun.  When I take a french braid out, it gives my hair a little volume and slight curl for added glam. To avoid hair bumps after I take the bun out, I gather my hair at the top of my head, twist it, then wrap it around itself and put the hair tie around it.  The twist sometimes gives a little volume to my hair, depending on how long the bun is in.

That’s all I’ve got – I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

Until next time,

❤ Meg

Morning Milking Musings: 2017 KickOff Edition

Hey All!

Happy New Year – 2017! Hoping you all are off to a great start. New Year’s Day was on a Sunday this year, fitting, because I feel Sundays are the New Year’s Days of the week.

I would venture to say that New Year’s Day is the same for just about everyone – whether you indulged in the “spirits” of NYE or not because you are either actually hungover, or have  a “sleep hangover”….or both.  NYE causes a great many people to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, pretending they’ll be able to bounce back the next day just like they did in high school (seriously, I feel like in high school I could twirl a half time performance on 2 hours of sleep and a few pop tarts – when did this magical power go away???).

However, we most certainly cannot bounce back like we did in our teen years, which leads many of us to spend the first day of the new year watching TV with heavily-lidded eyes and a plateful of the remnants and last cookie crumbles of NYE and possible Christmas too.  When we aren’t sleeping, that is.

That also means that our New Year’s Resolutions start on January 2nd, because eating better/being fitter  just takes way too much energy after a night of laughter, drinks, and party food. Plus you have to eat the junk food so its not in the fridge to tempt you when you do start your resolution…tomorrow. I’m personally hoping each of you does find whatever mojo it takes to achieve your resolutions in this new year though!

So, what does this have to do with agriculture? Well, after spending yesterday morning leaning against posts, buckets, and calves while I was working at the dairy running on 2 hours of sleep and feeling the wrath of the drinks I had the night before,  I started wishing I was a dairy cow.  I realized every day to a dairy cow is kind of like New Year’s Day.  No, not the light sensitivity and headaches and weariness, but the fact they spend the day sleeping, and, when they feel like it, ambling up to a delicious buffet of food and unlimited water supply.  Plus, if they’re feeling frisky, maybe a lap around the barn with their gal pal from the herd.  Sounds like the schedule of the day on New Year’s Day.

 

So here’s to a new year and achieving all of your dreams and goals in this bright new year!

 

Love always,

❤ Meg