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Gisela McKay

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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 31 2012: Yes, resumes are kind of crappy... but I think that it is employers who need to do the rethinking of how they look for good candidates... people only submit resumes because employers usually ask for them. Read the rest of my thoughts on my blog - http://joshmaher.net/2012/01/30/in-replace-of-resumes/

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