Re: Too old?

Subject: Re: Too old?
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:00:10 -0400

The only thing I've ever left off my resume was my prison experience. (Working there, not incarcerated, :-).) It was an aberration in an otherwise writing-themed resume spanning many years. I have always presented the whole shebang. My reasoning is that if you don't want someone who is female, or my age, or whatever, you can make that decision just looking at my resume and you don't waste my time or yours on something that is not going to work out anyway. I certainly do not want to work for a company that might have any reservations whatsoever about hiring me. Rather a nasty shock for the interviewer if they expect someone 30 and someone visibly older walks in.

It has been an effective filter, too. When I was looking for more creative/multimedia work I had a resume that sported a cartoon of me, and a design that made the resume distinctive. If you didn't like the resume, you sure weren't going to like me, so don't even waste time considering it. On the other hand, if you were looking for someone who did things differently, then when you got my resume you were definitely going to pick up the phone and call me. I got some great jobs that way.

When I applied for a job at TSN (The Sports Network), I sent them my sports trading card with stats, instead of a resume. Got that job, too.

Beth Agnew
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