Re: Resumes

Subject: Re: Resumes
From: d r <writeagain -at- JUNO -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 23:12:46 EST

Would you prefer that your potential employee write everything in a cover
letter?

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


On Thu, 20 Feb 1997 16:13:52 +0000 Tracy Boyington
<tboyi -at- odvtews1 -dot- okvotech -dot- org> writes:
>> My own opinion about resumes is perhaps a radical one, but I'll toss
>it out
>> anyway: they're usually evidence that an applicant hasn't done
>his/her
>> homework and isn't top of the line.
>
>Tim, you're saying that the fact that one even HAS a resume means
>they're a dud?
>
>> I'm asked often by students and newbies how they should write their
>resumes.
>> I tell them to forget it except under extraordinary circumstances,
>as when
>> they have to supply an internal champion with good ammunition to
>justify a
>> hiring. I tell them, instead, to think months ahead. Make
>appointments to
>> talk to lots of techdoc departments and managers. Don't make the
>meeting
>> into an employment interview. Instead, ask them what kind of work
>they do
>> there, the technologies they're wanting to move to, the software
>they run.
>> Ask what skills they're looking for now and in the future. Take them
>to
>> lunch. Hang out at STC meetings. Send notes. Buy Harvey Mackay's
>books. Buy
>> a couple of Rolodexes. Join other professional organizations. Start
>building
>> a network.
>
>That's an interesting theory, Tim, but I wonder how it works in the
>real world. Yes, all the things you talk about are excellent ways to
>find a job, better than sending resumes to everybody in the phone
>book, but come on -- anybody who meets a new or near grad at an STC
>meeting and is impressed enough to consider them for a job is going
>to say "Do you have a resume on you?" And if the answer is "No, I
>don't believe in them" my first reaction would be "I'm not only going
>to have to teach this person how to do their specific job, but how to
>function in the world of work, too." I'll pass. Showing up for a
>networking function without that basic tool of networking just makes
>you look clueless.
>
>Tracy
>
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