A Resume Question

Subject: A Resume Question
From: Richard Lippincott <rjl -at- BOSTECH -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 11:30:55 -0500

On Friday, Tony asked:

>After this loonngg lead-in, my question is: If your company is involved
>international work, does it include a mention on an employee's resume
>about a foreign language? His or her level of proficiency?? Any
>suggestions??

Our company is involved in international work, but so far as I can
recall there's no mention of language proficiency on any of our internal
info.

OTOH....here's a reason to list languages.

Our company is currently working on a large project with Japan. This
weekend, I was threading through a large stack of resumes, and hit one
that made me stop for a moment. The candidate had a Japanese surname,
and a Western first name. There wasn't anything outstanding about the
resume, nor was there anything terribly bad about it...just one more
standard resume in the middle of the pack. I checked carefully, and
found no reference to Japanese language ability anywhere on the resume.
As that's a valuable skill, my conclusion was "Either he doesn't speak
Japanese, or he's not alert enough to list all his talents on his
resume."

Bam! Discard pile. Next resume?

Rick Lippincott
Boston Technology
Andover, MA
rjl -at- bostech -dot- com

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