Lessons Learned from Resumes

No doubt, there are many lessons that can be learned by perusing dozens of resumes. Most of those lessons are of the “don’t do that” sort, although there are a few tips and tricks worth adopting. The most significant of the “don’t do that” lessons:

When you send your resume to someone as a file attachment, the file name should be your name, not something generic like “Resume” or the name of the company to which you are applying.

Seriously, how is your resume going to stand out when I save it to a folder that contains a dozen other files with the same generic name?

The good news is, Tawn and I performed second interviews on the four finalists for the Operations Assistant / Personal Assistant position at Tawn’s company. Of the four, one person stood out as being particularly well-qualified, having room to grow with the position, and having passion for the industry. He starts works Tuesday.


0 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from Resumes

  1. I once got a resume with the words printed in multiple colours and different fonts. It went straight to the reject pile. I’m glad you folks found someone qualified.

  2. An update. Now I suppose no news later is probably good news for Tawn.I suppose the file name should be Resume of xxxxx? Usually I do keep attachments simple. I wonder if employers look for long periods of no work in between? Did a lot of resumes have filled in stuff and some were still working but looking for another position while still at the same place?

  3. In the previous post,you mentioned one qualified applicant may be applying to the job in order to gain contacts and what-not. Is that a bad thing?

  4. @ElusiveWords – I call that a Triple-F: Font Format Foul!@secade – Someone applying for a job because they want to gain experience and build contacts isn’t inherently a bad thing. In this particular candidate’s case, though, I got the impression that she had much more to gain from the job than we stood to gain from having her in the job.@PPhilip – My experience, for what it is, is that gaps between jobs aren’t necessarily a negative. There are many reasons (especially in the past few years’ economy!) that people have periods of time between work, so I may enquire about it but wouldn’t disqualify a candidate simply for having those gaps.@Fatcat723 – @awoolham – @chronic_masticator – @everyday_yogi – @I_love_Burma – @Grannys_Place – @murisopsis – @stevew918 – @Devilzgaysianboi – @jandsschultz – @rudyhou – Many thanks for your congratulations. The first two days have been positive so hopefully that is a good sign!@BumbleBoTuna – Good memory. No, in this case it is the junior of two men who applied, and not the more senior woman who was looking to become a designer, too. He has about five years of post-university work experience, has worked as an executive-level personal assistant and also as a purchasing agent for a company, so has different types of experience that all relate to his responsibilities in his new job. Plus, he really enjoys fashion so he will find the environment fascinating.

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