Re: Resumes

Subject: Re: Resumes
From: d r <writeagain -at- JUNO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 15:00:37 EST

On Thu, 20 Feb 1997 06:37:59 PST "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>

>The length of the resume and cover letter were completely
>irrelevant. If the length was appropriate to the content,
>that was fine. (That is, a new college grad with no internships
>or jobs shouldn't have been 4 pages, but a truly senior
>tech writer could have gotten away with 4 easily.)

Wow. I am very surprised to hear you say this. For awhile I freelanced
with an employment agency helping new grads to polish their resumes. I
toughest where the 5 pagers. Of course, there is a tendency for newbies
to want to go overboard and put everything done to impress their
potential first boss, but occasionally we would get persons who were out
of the work force for a length of time and who had solid backgrounds in
their respective fields. We worked with everything (including font size)
to keep the resume to 2 pages (and perhaps the third with only personal

The personal information was always kept optional. Most people wanted to
put that down...i.e. own home. To me I thought this is your personal
business why tell the world. Am interested to know if personal
information meant anything to you back then.

>The source of the experience wasn't relevant.

All the time? Not even if you interned at the New York Times while the
next person interned at the Sunnyclock Community newspaper??

I also found people putting their college index down. And I tried to
explain that even when you go to the doctors, you really don't know if
you're doctor was a straight C in med school or a straight A.

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