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Subject:Re: Resumes -Reply From:David Hailey <FAHAILEY -at- WPO -dot- HASS -dot- USU -dot- EDU> Date:Thu, 20 Feb 1997 13:29:55 -0700
Eric's resume post brings up an important point touched on indirectly by
others--and a point I forgot to mention. When resume readers read resumes,
more often than not, they are looking for reasons to exclude, not keep, the
resume. Someone has already mentioned don't put anything in the resume that
is not relevant. As you can see from Eric's post, he used what is typically
called the "ribbon drop method" for resume review.
The term "ribbon drop" comes from juried art shows. When judges saw something
about a work they didn't like, they dropped a ribbon--out it goes.
Since you can never know how a judge will respond to points in your resume,
you can never know what will get it kicked out. Eric's advice is absolutely
sound. Make certain that you have what you need, make sure it is accurate and
mechanically correct, and make sure you have nothing else. As to hobbies,
make certain that any hobbies you list are absolutely appropriate. You list
your hobbies because you want them to know how cool you are, and they wonder
if you think too much about play. You tell them that you run marathons so
they know how strong and healthy you are and they think about the medical
costs when you blow out a knee.
But I still hold with my order.
tell them what you want to do,
tell them what you can do,
prove it -- add nothing else.
-- but in keeping with Eric's advice--do it accurately and correctly.