matching resumes to audience

Subject: matching resumes to audience
From: Gil Yaker <gyaker -at- CSC -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 14:44:01 -0400

I'd love some input here. What are your thoughts on having multiple
resumes to distribute to different types of readers?
I was asked by some friends who work at a startup company for my resume.
They aparently are looking for a tech writer, so I thought "why not." I am
actually proud of my resume, I think it's great, but that's not what they (
the 2 coders) thought.
I know for a fact their company is very informal. Granted they produce a
product of extremely high quality, but for instance, most people's hours
are 2pm-when they go home. Kind of a company started by, and run for comp
geeks, a place I'd probably be quite happy.
I feel that from my limited experience in this industry, I've been only
exposed to the rather corporate / businesslike side of things. Plus living
and working in the Washington DC climate probably adds to my 'everything is
political' attitude.
So my friends basically came back saying 1. my resume focused too much on
multimedia work (which I can't understand how they could come up with) and
2. It is written too technically for the person who would first read it.
Naturally, this was a bit of a blow to my ego, but I still think it's a
nice resume overall. A few months ago when I was sending nearly the same
resume to consulting companies, the people there seemed to love it.
I'm curious about your thoughts on this, and if anyone would take the time
to critique the resume, please send me a private e-mail message, I'd
appreciate it.

Gil Yaker

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