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Friday, March 03, 2006

Why we write about politics

I wonder what his resume looks like

Resumes from Hell and their lessons
Authors keep track of bizarre examples of what not to do

Wednesday, March 1, 2006; Posted: 6:14 p.m. EST (23:14 GMT)

In their years as recruiters, Jon Reed and Rachel Meyers saw plenty of resumes pass across their desks. Plenty were good... but some raised some eyebrows.

Reed and Meyers kept track of some of the more bizarre entries and compiled them in their funny new book, "Resumes from Hell" (eCruiting Alternatives, Inc.).

As Reed and Meyers point out, the mistakes these job-seekers made give us valuable how-not-to's for our own job searches. These are some example entries from their book, and some useful lessons for the rest of us.

Lesson 1

Keep all of the information on your resume relevant.

What not to do:

"When I'm not programming, I perform magic. I like solar applications, optical stuff, cool technology and anything to do with radio waves. I juggle and twist balloon animals. I bungee jump on occasion, and I would like to experience skydiving soon."

"I am attending college to obtain two degrees and three certificates in the field of Computer Science. In my spare time I like to work on my computer and do various activities with my girlfriend."

Lesson 2

Be specific with your qualifications, but too much information can work against you.

What not to do:

"Since the project was coming to a close and it was obvious I was leaving anyway, after the last bugs were fixed, I was fired, and my credits in the game were all but removed to make it more difficult to get a job with a competitor. It's a given that ... my old boss has been calling up everyone in the industry spreading God only knows what types of hideous rumors about me, to scare off any competitors from hiring me."

Lesson 3

Keep everything on your resume positive.

What not to do:

"Please Remember dear Sir/Madam, that I have failed in a few subjects in my diploma in computer engineering, and that I have no degree..."


Lesson 6

Confidence is great, but there is such a thing as too much self-promotion.

What not to do:

"My objective is simple: I want your job. I don't mean the one I'm applying for, but your job. I'm a communications major with a minor in creative writing at a California school. I still have two semesters to go, but I know more than some of my teachers. Once I hit the real world, though, you're gonna hear from me."

Confidence, sure, cocky arrogance, nope.


posted by Steve @ 1:29:00 AM

1:29:00 AM

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