Re: The 1-page Resume

Subject: Re: The 1-page Resume
From: d r <writeagain -at- JUNO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 15:00:39 EST

Dan,

If you read my other post you will understand that I once had the job of
condensing resumes for people. And I said the same thing. They showed us
how to do it. What it amounted to was taking each job description and
listing the top skill from that position under the heading of special
skills. In some cases, the number of years doing this skill was placed in
parenthesis.

i.e.
SPECIAL SKILLS

Copy polisher (6 years)
Line editing
Proofreading

The idea here would be that it wouldn't be the resume that got you the
job, it would be the resume that got you the interview, and generally
before the interview each company would give you their own application
form to fill out. That was where you put your job description/information
and dates (1990-1996), so when you were seated across from someone you
would say, "As you can see, I worked for 6 years as a copy polisher and
my other duties there included...."

That's how we were told to do it. It was tough though because some people
had experience that even I didn't want to deduce to one line under a
SPECIAL SKILLS heading.

D.R.
writeagain -at- juno -dot- com


On Thu, 20 Feb 1997 00:54:50 -0600 Daniel Wise <dewise -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
writes:
>Colleagues,
>
>How do you summarize 30-40 years of experience in six different
>industries,
>doing a wide variety of different kinds of publications, using
>different
>production equipment/methods, and including supervisory and managerial
>experience, in one page and also have room for academics, honors,
>awards,
>achievements, and publications, let alone statement of a goal?
>Bulleted
>lists take up too much space.
>
>I sometimes think the resume gurus believe everyone has one degree, 5
>years
>experience, and has changed employers only once. Then you have half a
>page
>to list the 76 pieces of software you have mastered.
>
>I have heard horror stories concerning multi-page resumes and I have
>received some that were up to 10 pages long <gasp> from academics.
>But I
>have also found that 2-3 pages, if done well, putting the important
>stuff on
>page 1, will get read. The trick is to put a great "grabber" at the
>beginning to pull the reader into the rest of the material. And I
>don't
>mean the grabber should be cutesy or dramatic, just an appropriate
>lead-in
>to the job being applied for.
>
>Dan Wise
>dewise -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
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