There isn’t much demand for full-fledged, detailed, professional resumes in the escort industry, but it’s still smart for escorts to maintain one just in case a dream job comes along.
Many escorts have educations, work experience, volunteer history or other backgrounds that make them qualified for management, executive, professional, service or high-tech careers. While most escorts love their jobs, some might be interested in a full-time position elsewhere. Others may be looking to leave the industry after becoming burned out — and they will need a polished, professional resume for consideration by potential employers.
However, after spending time as an escort without a “decent” conventional full-time job, how does an escort fill the gaps in her employment history? Additionally, how can she capitalize on the skills and experience gained through running an escort business? Easily:
- Select the correct type of resume for your qualifications. There are several types of resumes to consider.
- The chronological resume lists all previous employers (up to 15 years back) in order from most recent to earliest. Within each listing, an escort would provide details about his or her responsibilities and duties in relationship to the job title listed. Not only are job duties good to include, but it’s also appropriate to include any statistics within the description of responsibilities, too. For instance, if you were responsible for a budget of $500,000, provide details about that, including if you saved the company money or increased income during your tenure at a position. Increases in sales volume, expansion of the client base, high customer satisfaction, rating/ranking improvements or other achievements you were involved with at the company should be listed in addition to all duties and requirements of the job. Chronological resumes should be used by escorts who have extensive work experience and are looking to find another position in a similar or the same field.
- Functional resumes focus on a job applicant’s skills, qualifications, education and experiences. Instead of listing employment chronologically, details about various skills are listed in categories and sub-categories. For example, an escort’s categories might include: “Communication skills”, “Marketing”, “Time management”, “Budgeting”, and “Organizational skills.” All of the tasks escorts use to run their own businesses are valuable tools that can be transitioned into use in other career paths. By using a functional resume, an escort can focus the hiring agent on her skills and overall experience, instead of specific employers. After listing your skills and qualifications on a functional resume, you should list your basic employment experience, too. Functional resumes are best for individuals who are trying to break into new career paths or who have few work experiences.
- Combination resumes are nice compromises between the other two types and help to focus on the positive aspects of an applicant with some experience and qualifications. Equal attention is delivered to an applicant’s skills, education and qualifications, along with his or her work history. This type of resume is recommended for an applicant who is at the mid-point of his or her career and wants to capitalize on the best of what can be offered.
- Avoid or at least minimize gaps. Gaps in employment cause employers to ask many questions about your time away, often suspecting the worst, or consider other applicants before you. Even if you didn’t have a full-time, “traditional” job for several years, create something to fill that time with on your resume. Label the time as being a stay-at-home mom, housewife (Home Management Technician, if you want to get fancy about it) or family caregiver. Because you must report your escort income to the IRS, you probably already list something as a career on your tax forms. You can use this career as recent employment to fill the gap. Other options for listing employment are: Self-employed, Consultant or Freelancer. Be prepared to explain, at length, what you were self-employed in, consulting for or doing as a freelancer. Employers don’t always understand the freelance, contract employee concept, so you may need to explain your “job” to them if they ask.
- List employment by year to downplay any gaps in your resume. If you don’t feel that you can pull off explaining your freelance career to a potential employer, you may be able to make your gaps look less significant by listing your employment history by year only. For instance, if your last job began in June 2008 and ended in January 2010, you can simply list “2008 to 2010″ as the dates of your employment. A job that you worked at from October 2008 until February 2009, becomes a time period of 2008 to 2009, which looks much more respectable than the five months listed when you include the months and year.
- Create a position with a client to fill a gap. If you’ve got a very trustworthy, regular client who runs his own business, you may be able to ask him/her for help in filling your resume gap. Request permission to list his/her company as an employer with you working as a consultant or administrative assistant (or other job title). By listing your client as the contact person for employment, nobody else will ever find out about it, and you can close up a gap on your resume. However, always check with your client first before even considering listing a pseudo position on your resume.
- Your resume should target your ideal position. Never submit a generic resume. Always make it specific to the job for which you are applying. Use keywords that are significant for the position or industry. Review the job description in order to make your qualifications and skills coincide with those required by the job you are seeking. Adjust your experience so it meets the qualifications sought by the hiring company. (Do all of this without providing false information, of course!)
- Provide complete, quality contact information on your resume. If the employer doesn’t know how to get in touch with you, they can’t call you in for an interview. Make sure your contact information is compete, providing both phone numbers and email addresses. Additionally, if you are attempting to keep your escort image a secret from any potential employers, make sure that your contact information cannot be cross referenced to your escort website or profiles. Do an Internet search using your telephone number, name, address or email address and make sure that it doesn’t bring up anything related to your escort career.
- Proofread and edit your resume very carefully. Have a friend, colleague or client look it over for suggestions or help finding any errors and mistakes. A resume with bad grammar, punctuation issues or misspellings will go directly in the trash at any workplace worth your resume.
- List quality references. Most employers ask for references when you apply for a job. And, the more powerful, successful references you can provide, the more positive of an impression you may make on a hiring agent. Ask some of your regular clients if they would be willing to provide a positive recommendation for you based on your “consulting” or “freelancing” work. Most clients will be happy to speak to your professionalism, communication skills, attention to detail or other skills they are familiar with.