Re: OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea

Subject: Re: OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea
From: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:55:36 -0400

I can say the same - it's seldom that people "get" my sense of humour. I
wonder it this is a trait many in our profession share?

Suzette Leeming

On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>wrote:

> I'm with Chantel here.
>
> When I'm trying to be funny, or I think I am being hilarious, that's when
> people tend to stare at me in a serious manner.
>
> OTOH, when I'm being serious, people tend to start laughing and tell me
> I'm hilarious.
>
> Like beauty, humor is in eye of the beholder. And like beauty, humor must
> be handled care.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Chantel Brathwaite
> Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 12:42 PM
> To: yehoshua paul
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> Subject: Re: OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea
>
> I'm not in the market, but if I were, I'd opt for a traditional resume and
> point to a web page that has a mix of serious projects and anything that
> could be construed as being funny. If I used humor, I'd probably do
> something that would be very mild, very middle of the road - and I'd use it
> sparingly. I'd probably make it integral to the sample that I'm trying to
> show so that even if a person didn't like my sense of humor, they'd be
> interested in what I can do (hopefully).
>
> Now, if I were truly funny and every time I opened my mouth people
> laughed, I'd play to my strengths and use more humor. But I'm not. If I
> make people laugh, it is usually unintentional.
>
> Chantel
> ------------
>
> On Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 4:33 AM, yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > Good morning Whirlers,
> > Has anyone here ever been stressed out about their resume? Spent hours
> > reviewing and polishing the spelling, grammar, layout - and content?
> > Just wished they could relax and have some fun with it?
> >
> > I recently wrote an article for the JobMob annual guest blogging
> > contest on
> > 5 different ways to having fun with your resume. I'll explain more
> > about the contest, and add a link at the bottom.
> >
> > It's a pretty funny article, which I thought people would enjoy
> > reading on a Sunday morning, but I would also like to start a serious
> > discussion on this topic.
> > I have heard from more than one person (including the CEO of a
> > technical writing agency, which I link to in the article) that they
> > expect potential candidates to stand out. Supplementing a resume with
> > something like video, or even Star Wars crawl is one way to do so, and
> > an almost guaranteed way to land an interview and then a job. I have
> > heard from probably more people that any candidate who did something
> > like that would be treated as a joke, and his resume would quickly
> > find its way to the waste bin. Personally, I think the answer depends
> > on the country, industry, company, hiring manager, and what was sent
> > in - all of which require research (that you are supposed to do before
> applying anyway).
> >
> > I'd like to hear from the group both those who have applied for
> > technical writing positions and those who have had to hire technical
> > writers what do they think about supplementing a resume with something
> humorous/creative.
> > Would it work? would it not work? Let me and the group know.
> >
> > This article is part of a contest. The winning article will be the one
> > which is most read, with additional prizes going to most Facebook
> > likes, most tweets, most +1s, and most e-mailed.
> > During the next 5 days, I need to get as many people as possible to
> > read my article. I was debating whether to post on the group or not,
> > but a. I consider it relevant, b. I think most people would enjoy
> reading it, and c.
> > It's always good to start Sunday with a smile.
> > After reading this paragraph if you feel like reading a really funny
> > article and also supporting me, you can read the article at:
> > http://jobmob.co.il/blog/have-fun-with-your-resume/
> >
> > Have an awesome day,
> > Yehoshua Paul,
> > Your friendly neighbourhood technical writer.
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OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: yehoshua paul
Re: OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Chantel Brathwaite
RE: OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Cardimon, Craig

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