RE: I just got one of those resumes

Subject: RE: I just got one of those resumes
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 16:45:30 -0000

Paul Strasser wrote:
>>The reasons I gave in my previous post for using templates was based on
the
assumption that it was a no-lose situation. It can't hurt, at worst is a
neutral - and at best a positive. I'd be happy to reconsider my assumptions
if we can think of reasons why they'd be a negative.<<

I agree with you. It's like wearing a suit to an interview is for a man. If
I haven't said so already, I *am* going to go back to my CV and edit it
again in the light of some of these comments, to see if (without removing
the valuable quality of portable readability) I can add in some
ginger-peachy-keen techniques.

But I do find it odd that so many people say they would make so many
negative assumptions about the creator of a CV based on that single
document. It's like interviewers who claim that they can tell everything
they need to know about a candidate from the first two minutes of the
interview: they may well have made up their minds by that time, but they
certainly don't do it on the basis of *knowledge*.

Using what the CVs look like as a means of getting the numbers down to a
reasonable level is fair enough, even if it means some potentially good
employees are unfairly discarded: but it works as a mass-weeding tool, not
as a method for making Holmesian deductions about the CV's creator. Of
course, Holmes was (almost) always right: but that's because he was
fictional. I think most people on this list probably don't have that
advantage.

"You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive."

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone. Apologies
for the long additional sig: it is added automatically and outwith my
control.


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