RE: Keep Track of Experience

Subject: RE: Keep Track of Experience
From: MList -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 16:10:35 -0400

John Posada [mailto:JPosada -at- book -dot- com]

> I tend to think that the later happens more than we realize,
> which is why my
> resume is 5 pages. I don't customize my resume before
> sending out because I
> believe that since nobody knows all the skills they'll need,
> why not let
> them know all the skills I have?
> I'd rather spend the effort to make sure it is formatted and
> designed well
> so that it doesn't appear like a braindump.;

There might be some use in customizing a resume, though if it
is fairly complete (with more detail on the recent jobs and
just a phrase or two for the ancient stuff), that's probably

What needs customizing is the cover letter, which should tie
the requirements in the job posting to the salient elements
of your experience -- as listed in your resume.

Probably people who do a lot of short-term contract work would
want to customize (or at least have a few canned versions of)
their resumes, but not us captive employees or contractors who
work for years at one job.



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