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

Subject: Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea
From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- laserpubs -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:43:02 +0300

After reading all the responses here, my wife, a professional recruitment
consultant requested that I add her two cents to all this.
Her exact words were "If someone sent me a 20 page resume, I wouldn't even
bother reading it, but rather would send them back a polite email asking
them to resend their resume in no more than 2 pages".

She also says that as she reads resumes all day long, the ones she
appreciates the most are those who don't go into great detail about each
job, with the possible exception of their current position, and whose
resumes are kept to under two pages, as well as being monochromatic, neat,
and free of spelling and grammar mistakes.

However, she was also the one who gave me the chocolate frog card
suggestion for the article... :-)

Yehoshua


On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM, Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- laserpubs -dot- com>wrote:

> Ok -
> How long were the longest resumes you actually considered? The shortest?
> The winner?
>
>
>
>
> On 9/5/2012 8:15 AM, Green, Duane wrote:
>
>> A few months ago, I was looking to hire a new Sr Tech Writer. I received
>> dozens of resumes, and was honestly appalled at the garbage that I had to
>> read through. If you are applying for permanent or contract writing
>> positions, I strongly suggest that you have your resume reviewed by a
>> professional. If you're trying to convince me that you're a seasoned pro
>> writer, able to concisely communicate complex concepts, using a
>> minimalistic approach, then take the time to make sure your resume reflects
>> that reality.
>>
>> I received several resumes that were 8-10 pages long, and included every
>> contact writing assignment they'd worked at for the last 20+ years. I
>> didn't spend 10 seconds reading these resumes, except to poke fun at with
>> the other writers on my team. It was equally sad and humorous.
>>
>> I'm about to hire another writer in the next few weeks, and I'm holding
>> my breath, expecting more of the same.
>>
>> Duane Green
>> Technical Publications Manager
>> Heartland Payments Systems
>>
>> PHONE: 972.295.8675
>> 6860 N. Dallas Parkway, #400, Plano, TX 75024
>> HeartlandPaymentSystems.com
>>
>>
>> --
>> Jay Maechtlen
>> 626 444-5112 office
>> 626 840-8875 cell
>> www.laserpubs.com
>>
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References:
OT: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: yehoshua paul
RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Dana Worley
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: yehoshua paul
RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Lynne Wright
RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Yehoshua
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Lauren
RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Will Husa Documentation Solutions
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Lauren
RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Green, Duane
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Jay Maechtlen

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