Re: Usability Testing your Resume

Subject: Re: Usability Testing your Resume
From: "D. Margulis" <ampersandvirgule -at- WORLDNET -dot- ATT -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 17:06:49 -0400

Jason Willebeek-LeMair wrote:

> 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?
>

Well, I've kinda sorta done a one-hand-clapping kinda sorta usability
test on my resume. The last time I revised it, I posted it on a personal
home page and asked half a dozen random correspondents from this list
and a couple of usenet news groups to take a look at it before I sprung
it on the world. Their feedback led to some tweaks.

But I haven't done any two-hands-clapping testing--such as creating
different versions and mailing each to 500 agencies. So I have no idea
whether the trade-off between pretending to be someone I'm not and
winnowing out people I wouldn't want to work for has been a good thing.
(My resume is pretty much an in-your-face,
this-is-who-I-am-take-it-or-leave-it thing.)

I always end up with at least a few people telling me they loved my
resume. But I have no idea how many good jobs I'd have enjoyed doing
have passed me by because I offended some humorless jerk in Personnel.


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