Re: Getting Hired...Opinion #2500

Subject: Re: Getting Hired...Opinion #2500
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:01:30 -0800

Mary Arrotti wrote:

Here's an example, you interview 2 candidates who are an equally good fit with your organization with one difference. That one difference is experience. Candidate X has 10 years of relevant experience and Candidate Y has 6 years of relevant experience. I would hire Candidate X. Of course there are instances where I'd pick a 6 year candidate - if they were a better fit in *other* ways.

Regarding the resumes that show 10+ years of experience, yes I agree, to me it would say DEPTH + BREADTH of experience in the field. We're lucky to have no career paths, because that is what enables us to stick around soaking up project skills even as we circle the same block for the 100th time. You'd think employers would be snapping us up for our project aptitude. They could put us in ANY role they'd care to train us a little for, but NOOooo.

I think some of the objection to long resumes is that hiring managers are conflicted, to the point of denial, about the value of long experience (which costs top dollar) compared to what they get in a recent grad, still brimming with enthusiasm if short on experience (and not really very expensive to hire). As the saying goes, "It's easier to get forgiveness for not hiring a seasoned veteran than permission to pay what it costs to hire one.."
I think the techwriting kiddies with less than 10 years experience are looking at us and praying that they won't get stuck in the rut the way we did. They're cute, aren't they?

:-) <---my toothless grin

--Ned "works for nothing"


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