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resume feedback request [Jul. 16th, 2010|09:43 am]

Here is my resume.

If you can think of anyway to make it more effective, please let me know.

[User Picture]From: loree
2010-07-16 05:16 pm (UTC)
Nobody cares about education unless you have a degree. Ditto for employment gaps unless they're recent -- if they can't do the math and figure out it was during the dot com crash, they're too stupid to work for in the first place.

You might want to eyeball Marty's resume for a few ideas if you haven't already. I've got a few other suggestions as well, but they might be better relayed in person.
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[User Picture]From: irgth
2010-08-17 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback, I agree with your suggestions, and have removed the education/gap filler sections.

While not exactly like Marty's, I've added some summary information at the top that should help filter out inappropriate offers, as well as catch the attention of appropriate employers.
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[User Picture]From: loree
2010-08-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'd take out any self-deprecation in your Position Desired section and Experience sections -- it's not going to do you any favors. If you did any front-end work at all in your last gig, the parenthetical statement might harm more than help.

Also, add any other technologies you know or have worked with in the last decade to your Skills section. Recruiters are getting shorter and shorter attention spans with the volume of resumes that are passing across their desks. They might not catch the HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, etc. references scattered throughout the body. List them in order of familiarity/skill if you're not comfortable saying you're an expert in something you haven't worked with in a while.
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[User Picture]From: irgth
2010-08-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'll probably tone down the self-deprecation (maybe present it more as wanting to stretch my UI skills), and add to the acronym soup at the end. But probably not just yet - I'm targeting a fairly narrow job category, at least while I have some money in the bank.

Of course, with the copious amount of free time I now have, I'm going to be hitting the books and working on personal projects to start filling in gaps in my skills.

I looked back in my email history at the 2 emails I sent that landed me interviews which led to job offers that I accepted. Both contained accurate representations of my strengths, and one also included my weaknesses.

Thanks again for your input.
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[User Picture]From: irgth
2010-08-17 08:01 pm (UTC)
What I think I might do for the skills bit at the end, is build a timeline of what I used, and when, and what I want to continue using.
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