Re: Usability Testing your Resume

Subject: Re: Usability Testing your Resume
From: Mark Dempsey <mxd2 -at- OSI -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 11:43:56 -0700

I recently received a cover letter and resume from an employment
seeker. There were several typos and grammatical errors in the cover
letter. The hiring manager immediately rejected the applicant without
reviewing the resume because of the quality of the cover letter. (and
may think a little less of me because I didn't proof-read it before
submitting it)...

So reviewing all material you submit to an employer is *very* important.

Personally, I profited by having an employment consultant, as well as
the local STC, review my resume. The employment consultant charged
$70/hr, and it was the best money I ever spent. The STC review was
free, and also very useful.

And use that spell-checker!

Jason Willebeek-LeMair wrote:
> Geoff Hart wrote:
> In my case, I got caught by one question that arose from a
> misunderstanding of something I'd written
> in my resume...I fixed the resume immediately so the question would
> never again arise.
> ---------------------------------------
> Being that a resume is one of those highly personal items that people
> tend to pore over and revise continually, I would suspect that many of
> us have those types of 'gotchas' in our resumes--things that we think
> are clear but may not be.
> So, how many of you out there test your resume before sending it out?
> Who do you give it to? How do you go about it?


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