Resumes: ASCII (long post)

Subject: Resumes: ASCII (long post)
From: Lee Bumgarner <jlbumgar -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 1995 09:39:28 EST


More technical recruiters and hiring managers are requesting
that resumes be formatted in ASCII and sent by email. As a
soon-to-be former co-op and hope-to-be fulltime technical
communicator (and STC Carolina Chapter Job Bank Committee
member), I have some concerns.

The former common wisdom for the paper resume included:
-Use different paper stocks, weights, colors, and textures to
make it stand out from the rest of the stack on the recruiter's
or manager's desk.

-Use different fonts, sizes, and weights to direct the reader,
to aid in hierarchy and organization, and to emphasize (sparingly).

-Use bullets, etc., where appropriate, in lists.

-Use vertical and horizontal spacing to direct the reader and to
aid in hierarchy and organization.

ASCII resumes have some limitations for those adhering to
the common wisdom cited above:
-ASCII resumes submitted by email require no paper; therefore, one
can't make the resume stand out in the same way.

-ASCII format severely limits font choice, size, and weight.

-ASCII format doesn't allow bullets, etc.

-ASCII does allow vertical and horizontal spacing.

In the ASCII resumes I have reviewed (in usenet newsgroups),
few of those reviewed showed skillful use of
vertical and horizontal spacing, asterisks, dashes, and
capital letters to create well-organized resumes. And the
resumes all started to look alike after some time.

These are my queries:
-Are there ways to make ASCII resumes stand out?

-Does it even matter that ASCII resumes start to all look the
same after a while (except, of course, the really bad ones:
they REALLY :0 stand out)?

-Are there other ways in ASCII to make them really *sparkle*?

-Since some email readers are set for different line lengths,
is there a way to create a resume in ASCII for all readers so
that the lines don't break?

Issues not directly related to ASCII:

-I want to create the best impression possible. Should I suggest
a hardcopy resume instead or point the recruiter/manager to
my resume on the web?

-Since I am sending an ASCII resume, can I "get away" with a
resume that is longer and more detailed than the more shorter,
succinct, but less detailed paper copy (I have a longer version
since I have a lot of transferable job experience from a previous

Am I just stuck in the paper resume paradigm <g> because
I want to use "good" design and writing to aid the presentation
of content (skills, experiences, and abilities)?


Lee Bumgarner
I speak for myself and no one else.

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