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5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
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dieselnerd
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dieselnerd,
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10/2/2013 | 10:44:57 AM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
Thank you. The writer of (yet another) how-to article about r+Žsum+Žs lost all credibility with this old, stale reader right about there. Kevin must have been trying to shake things up by using something other than "reverse chronological." One thing he left out of his primer was "avoid spelling and grammar errors and misused words." Beyond that, this piece was no more "fresh and young" than any of the standard fare one might find on CareerBuilder or Monster.
JayF141
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JayF141,
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10/1/2013 | 2:07:40 PM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
Kevin, I think listing your most recent experience first IS listing it in descending order. If you order jobs chronologically then the oldest would be first, so listing them in descending order means to list the most recent ones first. I agree completely that that's the best way to do it, but I'd argue that "descending order" accurately describes that best way.
Tony A
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Tony A,
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9/30/2013 | 7:48:50 PM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
I think the situation is a little more complicated, both about the work experience and the "leadership" language. One of the problems I have in recruiting is that every good developer (and some not-so-good ones) wants to be a leader. But what I need most of the time is a good developer who's quite happy following a leader. As for the work experience, the author seems to be recommending that you attempt to hide your embarrassing 25 years of experience in IT. First of all, that will only work if you also don't put down the date of your college degrees, which makes it pretty apparent that you're trying to hide something. Focusing on the content of recent, relevant experience, as the author rightly suggests, and eliminating the detail for any positions that are no longer relevant, should impress regardless of the long tail. One thing that really doesn't work is to send out a resume packed with details about your entire work history and assume that an employer will look at it and say, "Well, they did all of this so I assume they can do what I want too." As you get older, it is true that you are less likely to be hired for anything outside of your existing skill set. But skill sets can last a long time; just ask a COBOL programmer.
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9/30/2013 | 5:52:14 PM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
"80% of the positions we work on require searching for ... young talent." No one over 40 need apply? His candor is unusual, but I'm surprised someone in the recruiting business hasn't heard of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/30/2013 | 5:17:46 PM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
I love the phrase "flabby vocabulary." That is good advice not just for your resume, but for your follow up emails.
DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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9/30/2013 | 4:44:53 PM
re: 5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
I'd say 98% of the positions are looking for "young" talent. Not many retire from computer careers. They're put out to pasture near age 50 or earlier.


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