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

Subject: Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:27:23 -0400

I've met very few hiring managers who took more than 15 seconds to
initially qualify or disqualify a candidate in a first round resume review.
I and others I know would roundfile a 8-10 page resume in a heartbeat. Why?
It shows poor grasp of the purpose of the writing assignment: to convince
someone to hire you (aka "sales"). People are not sold on long, drawn-out
first exposures. You need to hook them with a small enticing nugget and get
them interested in learning more. A core-dump up front only confuses people
and wastes their time. this is why tailored resumes are so important. They
put your finest qualities front and center and respond to a specific
position, convincing the hiring manager that you are someone they
definitely should talk to about the job. No one (well, no one with business
sense) makes a hiring decision solely based on a resume. Bait with the
(truthful) oooh-shiny and leave the details for the interview or for
follow-up collateral.

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Milan DavidoviÄ <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Green, Duane <Duane -dot- Green -at- e-hps -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > 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.
>
> When writing the job posting, had you considered specifying length
> and/or time range of the resume?


--
Bill Swallow
Content Solutions Manager
GlobalScript, a division of LinguaLinx
http://globalscript.com
http://lingualinx.com

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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
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RE: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Green, Duane
Re: Having fun with your resume - good idea/bad idea: From: Milan Davidović

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