Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Quest for VA

Over the weekend I started looking at jobs in the Fredericksburg, VA area. There were a few for pharmaceutical sales reps. This is something I looked at before, but haven't really delved into. I reached out to the ex, because his cousin's frat (whom I've met twice) is a pharm sales rep, and I wanted to pick his brain for info. Such as, how he got started in the industry. Especially if he was doing something else first. Breaking into a new industry is a challenge. They always want someone with experience. You really have to sell yourself and your current skills, and be able to play up how they will translate into the new position. Frat seemed really nice the two times I talked to him, so I'm hoping he'll help me out.

I'm also realizing that I need to have my resume professionally re-done. The way it's set up now, I could pretty much get any claims job I applied for. But of course, that is not the goal. I'm at a loss as to how to get started re-writing it. I don't mind deferring to the professionals, as long as it doesn't cost a grip. I will feel more confident with posting it and applying for jobs. Have any of you ever used a professional resume service?

I feel like life is "on hold" until I get more momentum behind the VA Plan. I really don't want to start anything significant here, only to end up moving next year. But I am going to have to renew my lease. The question is if I will do it for 6 months or for a year. It depends on what the rent would be.

NY (I've referenced him in previous posts) keeps telling me he wants to take me out on a dinner date. I've already prepared my "I'm moving and I'm not trying to start a relationship" speech for him. However, I basically want to be nosy and find out more about him, so I agreed to go (besides, who passes up a free meal? lol). He hasn't called me to set the plans in stone, so he's already losing points with me. We'll see. Of course, I'll be here to blog about it, should it turn into a complete nightmare.

On another note, I had a head hunter reach out to me when I was moving to ATL back in 2005. I had posted my resume, and he found me online, which is how I ended up with my job down there. I'm thinking about going that route again. But of course, I have to get that resume in order. I won't rule out the use of a head hunter this time, because they tend to know about positions that are not posted publicly. I just need to make it clear that I don't want to work claims.

Patience is a virtue. I just need to keep reminding myself of this.


Tazzee said...

I'll be praying for you and your VA plan.

I've never used a professional resume service before but a friend did. We're in the same industry, so I just used hers as a guide for mine, LOL.

Head Hunters are cool as long as you continue to stress what you want. Sometimes they will fudge the truth so they can get their commission - that happened with my move back to ATL.

Marilie said...

Thanks, Tazzee! :)

That's pretty much what I did with my insurance resum - went by someone else's. But I think now I sort of need a resume that I can use for a few different avenues, and then tweak accordingly.

I've been told that before, with the Head Hunters - I've only had experience with 1, so I haven't been through that yet, but I'll definitely be on the look out.