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Subject:RE: Average Length of TW Resume From:Scottie Lover <iluvscotties -at- mindspring -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 29 Mar 2000 17:44:32 -0500
At 04:49 PM 03/29/2000 -0500, Harry Bacheler wrote:
>...If you are favorable connected, you 'headhunter
>will take your resume, and compress it. Then when
>you get to the client, you can "tell it like it is." ...
Ah, but unscrupulous headhunters will add all kinds of skills and
experience you really don't possess. At one interview, I insisted that I
did not know something -- only to have the interviewer say, "But it is on
your resume!" He showed it to me as rewritten by the headhunter. I
immediately handed him my REAL resume, and made it a point to do so at
every subsequent interview.
Although it is perfectly acceptable for headhunters to replace your
address/telephone number with that of their company, it is unconscionable
for them to add skills you don't possess.
In my case, I should add that I HAD done a little with the language in
question -- but certainly not enough to claim it under software languages.
Had the headhunter felt that it should be included, surely he should have
discussed that with me.
Another time, a headhunter highlighted NETWORK DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR and
indicated that that was the job I was seeking -- which it most definitely
was not. Yes, I had experience in that area, and could do it -- but I had
made it very plain that I don't like doing it, and did not want a position
in that area. Surely the headhunter should have either respected my wishes
or dumped me as a client. I really don't appreciate having my time wasted
on interviews for jobs I clearly either cannot or wouldn't want to do.
The moral of this story is to choose your headhunters very carefully -- and
always have a copy of your resume with you.