Re: Resume questions from a (hopefully) future tech writer

Subject: Re: Resume questions from a (hopefully) future tech writer
From: sanders_j -at- TBOSCH -dot- DNET -dot- GE -dot- COM
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1993 09:03:02 EDT


David Lowe writes:
>QUESTION: Does anybody have a good professional

Frankly, I would recommend you take the professional objective right off
your resume (if it's on there). I was conciled to do the same by several
professionals in the job-placement field, and by a few co-workers. Most
of the time, your objective may not fit the position you're applying for
exactly, and that will just confuse prospective employers, or worse,
make them not call you at all.

Actually, unless you have a portfolio of professional work already, your
resume is the most important piece of paper you have in your career
search. You've probably already heard this spiel, but you should try your
best to make your resume PERFECT. Edit and re-edit it, spell check it,
have other people edit it, spell check again. I highly recommend you try
to do something that doesn't look like you typed it. And for our work
environment, the more snazzy something looks, the more it's appreciated.
(Just DON'T go "cute", because hiring managers REALLY hate that.)

I put my resume on high-bond, pre-printed four-color paper from a company
called Paper Direct. They make a wide assortment of papers that make your
resume look like you got it off-set printed. Mine has a marble strip down
the left hand side, with a maroon stripe on top. It bears a strong
resemblence to corporate-style stationary. I have been complimented on it
at every interview I've gone to, and one placement firm said (when calling
me up for a job possibility) that the only reason they remembered me was
because my resume stood out. Being remembered is EVERYTHING.

Of course, being qualified helps, too. But if you haven't GOT experience,
it's all you've got. Heck, even experienced people are getting the cold
shoulder now-a-days.

Good luck, and let me know if you need any more advice.

-John Sanders-

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