RE: Tips on Getting Hired

Subject: RE: Tips on Getting Hired
From: Ami WRIGHT <ami -at- ziplink -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 20:53:36 -0500


If I'm reading your post correctly, HR people and managers don't react to
your resume the way that you're hoping they will, so you've concluded that
people don't know how to read a resume.

Perhaps you could think of this sort of like usability testing the document:

You write a document (in this case, a resume). You try it out on your
target audience (in this case, HR and hiring managers). The target audience
misses the point of the document.

To me that seems to indicate that the document needs to be revised, not
that there's some kind of problem with the user.


-----Original Message-----
From: Edwin Skau [mailto:eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com]
Subject: Re: Tips on Getting Hired
Every job I have held has contributed to what I know and who I am as an
employee. The CV I use for publications jobs provides an insight into
how I
have grown professionally, and how each successive job has built on
learned in a previous position.
My five-page CV is a concise map of my professional growth, where I do
bother to provide details about my employer (a link to their web page
suffice), or describe my role. I list achievements and highlight unique
Not everybody knows how to read a CV. Most just look at the data
and draw the easiest inference possible.
'You've moved around a bit," and "You seem to have varied experience,"
reactions my CV often elicits. The best insight, however, came from
I currently work with. "You seem to have been looking for meaningful
work. I
think you'll like it here." She apparently correlated my achievements
my tenure at various positions...
Well, she was right on both counts.
I guess it isn't the length of your CV that counts... it's what you say
it. Although conventional wisdom on the two-page length abounds, and
when it
comes to managers and recruitment, sometimes sheep look like independent
thinkers in comparison...

Ami Wright
"Technical" tech writer
American with international experience


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