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caiknbake
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Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:41 am Post

Hey y'all! I haven't posted a lot here, but every time I come to this forum I lose myself here for days, and I wanted to share my most recent foray into the world of Scrivening, especially since I imagine there are many others out there who are constantly polishing resumes in the current economic climate. At first I thought the resume was too small a form to really require Scrivener's power, but the more I play with this project, the better it seems to work out.

The way I've been doing it is that I have a single document for each job/degree/award/skill, with all my potential bullet points written out of what an employer might want to know that I did. I haven't yet compiled a resume, but I think once I finish entering all the info I'll take a snapshot of each so that if I need to delete a bullet point for space reasons or whatnot, it'll still be there to go on the next resume if it can. I'm using keywords and saved searches to collect groups of these topics for possible jobs I might apply for - e.g. since I'm a musician and a teacher, I have a general music grouping, a performance-specific grouping, and an education-specific grouping - so that when I have a job posting, I can easily and quickly narrow down what experience will be relevant to include. I've customized label and status to reflect current jobs that may need updating vs. past jobs that can remain untouched once I've finished writing up their descriptions. Finally, I'm using the research folder for other related but random stuff, like teaching policies, lists of students and repertoire, etc., that could potentially come up in the application process but that probably won't go on the resume itself.

I'm so excited about this, because in the past I had to dig around in my docs folder and hope that whatever file I found was a recent version, and often had to re-figure out what the hell to say about a job if I couldn't find a past resume where it was listed. Now it's all neat and tidy in one place - yay! And NOW all I need is a word-processor that will format it all purty, but I'm still searching for that. Any advice? :D

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xiamenese
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Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:42 am Post

caiknbake wrote:… And NOW all I need is a word-processor that will format it all purty, but I'm still searching for that. Any advice? :D

Nisus — my preference, intuitive very Mac-like UI; RTF is native format, but uses LibreOffice importer/exporter for .doc/docx handling; more expensive at $45; Pro version very powerful, but $79;
Mellel — lots of people prefer this; very powerful; individual — quirky? — interface giving steeper learning curve; own file format, but OK at handling RTF and .doc/docx; cheaper at about $35;
Bean — very simple, but might be enough for your needs; RTF native, but handles .doc; free;
OpenOffice clones — pretty fully featured office suites; LibreOffice seems to be the one to go for currently; .odf format but pretty competent at RTF and .doc/docx; free.
Pages — very pretty; quite powerful; own file format but good with .doc/docx import and export; RTF import rather inferior; $39? from App Store.

HTH
Mark
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