Other handshakes?

Subject: Other handshakes?
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 06:29:37 -0500 (EST)

So,...that was interesting.

Anyone want to volunteer information on other
secret hiring handshakes, akin to using styles in
Word on resumes, that job seekers should be aware

Frankly, I find it amazing that hiring managers
would be so quick to reject a resume without any
knowledge of how or why the formatting was applied
as it was. I suppose that it's an effective
screening (effective being defined as "having
fewer resumes to actually read") tool, but most
resumes provide so many _valid_ reasons to reject
the applicant that I've had no need to look for
new ones.

Yes, if I were to look at the resume's formatting,
I'd probably have some questions for the submitter
if I had some reason to believe that the resume
represented the best efforts of the submitter
_in_terms_of_tool_use. That said, I can think of
at least 5 perfectly acceptable reasons for
submitting a resume in Word formatted without
styles or with a preponderance of Normal style or
otherwise oddly.

So, what _are_ some other secret handshakes?

ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com

BTW, my resume uses styles (compulsively) but I
may remove them, as I don't think I'd enjoy
working for someone who makes decisions based on
bad information, incomplete data, or unfounded
assumptions. As Laura said, "your loss."

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