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Gisela McKay

President and Co-Founder, pixcode

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Reinventing the resume

So today's task that has resulted in procrastinating on TED has been reading resumes.

I'm not sure whose bad idea the standard resume/cover letter format was but I'd like to slap that person.

Resumes don't tell potential employers what they need to know about you, which isn't just what you have learned and done in the past. I need to know why you did what you did and how well you did it. I need to know about your personality and whether you are a self-starter, whether you generate new ideas, whether you are going to be happy in the position I am filling and get along with the rest of the team. Can you work productively from home? etc.

What can we do to re-think the resume?

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    Jan 25 2012: Programmers and artists can point to product instead of a resume.

    Given the different perspectives of potential interviewers, I think it's difficult to write one short document that will inform everyone.

    I've found that the best measures are (1) test applicants on a task that is as close to their job as you can make it, and (2) talking sincerely. In your case, perhaps you could ask some questions on a website before asking for resumes.

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