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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Resume Revision

It's funny. I do documentation all day long. I write epic training manuals 400 pages long. I write tiny little job aids aimed at distilling instructions into the smallest possible format. Yet when faced with revising my resume, I'm utterly stymied. I stare at it and think "What to cut? What to add? Ack!"

I went to a resume workshop this morning, and that actually helped get me over the intial terror enough to actually start making cuts and additions, but doubt has set in again. So I turn to the internet and say, "Hey anybody got an opinion? Is this looking good? Is this intriguing? Is there something glaringly wrong? Is there something really missing? Is this format lame? Etc." I offer up my resume in Word and PDF format for review and slaying. I can't guarantee I'll agree with your opinion, but at this point I need to have others opinions just to figure out where my opinion lies.

3 Comments:

  • Hmmm. Long reply- I hope some of it is useful!

    I would probably drop the "In a Nutshell" section, and move the "skills" below the "relevant experience" if you need to keep it at all (won't those things come out in your "relevant experience" section?

    The "Recent Accomplishments" would be great up at the top.

    I dislike paragraph-format job descriptions- can you make it bullet points? Can you add some "zing"- time saved, money saved, goals exceeded- like what's in the "Recent Accomplishments"?

    By Blogger Emily, at 5:20 PM  

  • Feedback #1: don't put your personal information out on the interweb :)

    By Blogger misterjustin, at 4:21 AM  

  • I have found the quest for the good resume is a trick question. You want a general template, but you'll want to alter and customize it for the job that you are applying for. A somewhat different resume for each job (which is actually surprisingly easy and rewarding when you get to it. )

    By Blogger Chris S, at 8:32 PM  

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