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February 11, 2012


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I guess Word conversion has gotten better over the years but aren't there security and modification potential issues with it compared to a pdf?

It shouldn't matter what order a resume is in, as long as it's clear and easy to read. There is too much conflicting advice about resumes so I tune most of it out. If I don't get a callback just because my resume is not in the "right" format, that's not an employer I want to work for anyway.

When's the last time you needed a resume?

Luis, I'm not sure what kind of security issues you might be thinking about. I think there have been some Word based malware in the past but I haven't heard of any for a while. Maybe it still happens but thats what virus scan is for. I don't think anyone should really be worried about someone modifying your resume. What would be the point to that? It wouldn't be any harder to copy out the text from a PDF and make a new one either. PDF is not any more secure really. Most businesses have Acrobat pro and can edit a PDF.

I haven't prepared a resume in almost 20 years, but I receive several every week. The ones that I pause to look at are those that:

1) are very relevant to what we do and what we are looking for
2) are clear and concise, not filled with puffery
3) are well formatted and presented (sorry Melissa)

Oops - one more...

4) ones that were referred to me by a colleague

Could you share with us a sample of your resume format? I find it helpful to view other people's resumes.

I never said that resumes shouldn't be well-formatted.

As a person in a high level of mgmt, my resume is 3 pages. I don't mind seeing a longer resume as long as the story is consistent and the accomplishments are relevant.


Mike --

I would agree -- for higher level hires.

SB --

Last time I needed a resume was seven years ago.

Rachael --

That's hard to do without giving out personal info -- which I can't/don't do.

I found this article helpful in that it stressed, far from having any hard and fast rules, how variable and fluid resume building can really be. Especially in the early stages of job searching, few applicants have an ideal experience base or many credentials of note. Because of this, knowing how to accentuate your strengths and potential becomes key in providing an attractive front to prospective employers. Advice like this is great for the rest of us who are just getting started on pursuing their future careers.

I have been working for myself for over 15 years and now find that I have to go back to the old grind of working for someone else. My problem is half the places I used to work at those many years ago are either out of business or don't have any record of me working there because it was so long ago (I have called them to get their updated info, etc.) What do I put on job apps when I have this problem?

Chris --

What do you mean? I would put the correct info -- where you worked, for how long, etc. -- even if they are out of business.

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