Re: Resumes and such

Subject: Re: Resumes and such
From: "Lydia Wong" <lydiaw -at- fpoint -dot- com>
To: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 12:03:46 -0500

Connie writes, in part:
"Not only do I want to know that you can play nice, write well, and use
Framemaker 5.5 or Word '97, but I want to know what you've accomplished, and
what you would like to accomplish. It also helps to find out if you're a
logical or intuitive thinker, and if your skills will complement the ones
already on staff."

I think this brings us full circle back to the original post about this
topic. I agree with you, Connie. We want someone who can "grow beyond the
immediate task at hand," too. However, we first need to see if that person
can even do the tasks at hand.

That's what the original post was saying--or at least part of what I was
elaborating on in the first place. My take on this was, if you use a "cookie
cutter resume" then we might not be able to tell if you can even do the
tasks at hand. So applicants, please give prospective employers enough
information so that we can tell if you meet our posted requirements for the

I'm not saying people can't grow, only that I want resumes that clearly show
what someone has accomplished, and even better, shows that they meet the job
requirements we posted. Someone else stated that some companies aren't very
good at analyzing what they actually want. However, we have taken a lot of
time to craft clear job announcements with explicit requirements concerning
experience. I'd like to see applicants be sure their resumes, or at least
their cover letters, address those requirements. Without details, I can't
see that. And that can mean the difference between getting an interview or
having your resume placed in the "maybe" pile.

So, first show us you meet our requirements. Then start telling us all about
yourself, how you can grow and learn, what you like in life, what kind of
thinker you are, etc. That's what the interview is for. ; )

Lydia Wong
Technical Writer
FarPoint Technologies, Inc.

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