Q. I want to move to San Francisco, CA.
What is the best way to go about this with regard to employment?
A. Employers will most assuredly take the path of least
resistance in assessing a candidate's resume for interview
consideration. Employers in San Francisco or the Bay
Area at large for that matter are particularly resident
conscientious while selecting choice candidates. The job
market in this part of California is more user- friendly
than the housing and rental markets and employers are
keenly aware of that. Independent of geography, hiring
new staff carries its own risk factors; when you add to
that a big variable such as relocation. Well, the ideal and
first consideration for the employer is to stay within their
If it's at all possible, I would recommend a move to get
yourself settled first. Having a local address and phone
number at the top of your resume allows the viewer to
continue assessing you as candidate otherwise
your resume may not make it on to the "to be contacted
stack". If a move is just not in the cards then the address
of a friend or relative could be substituted for the time
being. Be prepared however to communicate your move
intentions should interviews develop. To quote a
reliable cliche, "Honesty is always the best policy."
Q. What do I put on my resume when I only
have a minimal education?
A. As little as possible. All too often job seekers add
unnecessary and unimportant information to this portion
of their resumes. In doing so they're putting a spot light
on an area that is best left low key. Instead of attempting
to embellish on the lack of education you may have on
your emphasize your skills, strengths and qualifications.
Q. Is an OBJECTIVE advised or necessary on
A. This is a really common and controversial question.
My professional preference is to have the resume include
the objective. So YES I would advise including an objective
to your resume. However, ProGayJobs.com receives
resumes at random. The objective is very helpful to us
when identifying possible talent for placement matches.
To an agency and employer an objective will identify focus,
direction and a degree of purpose for the skills and work
history listed below it.