April 5th, 2004



Last week, I applied for a job that included a "supplemental questionaire" about my background in cartography. I found that I was able to "sell myself" much more by answering those questions than I ever have writing cover letters or even resumes. I also realized just how much I have done and have accomplished and how much ass Your Obedient Serpent actually kicks.

I should have been writing my cover letters like this all along. I just didn't have the framework to build on. Now that I do, I can sit down and rewrite my "boilerplate" cover letter template -- I have a continually-evolving "stock" cover letter than I tailor for each job.

I should also look over my resume with these new revelations in mind, and revise the phrasing and presentation.

And now, the part where I solicit feedback.

An important part of getting hired, I hear, is to insure that your resume stands out, that something sets you apart from the crowd. Heretofore, I've just tried to create neat, legible resumes, using a clear typeface that faxes and copies well and a format that shows that I spent some time thinking about presentation.

I have, however, heard tales of people who got jobs because they used radically unconventional resume formats.

I'm considering the possibility of drafting a Frequently Asked Questions About EWD, and submitting that as a resume. The idea of an advertising brochure approach (What can EWD bring to YOUR Company?) has also crossed my mind.

So -- what do people think?

Poll #273811 Resumes!

What's the best way to present a resume?

Anything but 12-point Times New Roman is entirely unprofessional. What are you, a sense offender?
There's nothing wrong with nicely-formatted DTP document with clear fonts, in a conventional resume format.
Try something striking, radical, and innovative -- even a little flippant.
Nothing impresses an employer like demonstrating your mastery of Klingonese, especially when printed on used grocery bags.

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