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RESUMES – YOU WERE A WHAT?
 
By: Dan Miller

RESUMES – YOU WERE A WHAT?

I am increasingly amused while reading current resumes. I know that in today’s competitive workplace you need to stand out and I am the first to say that a resume is a place to brag on and embellish accomplishments. However, we are seeing a blurring of embellishment and downright misrepresentation. The rule of thumb seems to be – exaggerate and confuse.

Rather than reporting being a greeter at WalMart, the new information is “customer service coordinator for Fortune 500 company.” The grease monkey at Jiffy Lube becomes a “petroleum distribution specialist.” Yesterday’s taxi cab driver appears on the resume as a “transportation logistics manager.” “Engineer for meat inspection and preparation” presents the 18-yr-old McDonald’s worker.

Keep in mind that today’s “VP of Personnel” was a likely a struggling college student herself a few years ago. She probably knows the tricks of the trade, having presented herself as a “human resource specialist” rather than a babysitter.

The bottom line is this: the purpose of a resume is to help you get an interview. But it plays only one small part in the hiring process. Be prepared to present yourself with confidence and to discuss your ability to contribute.

For more on resumes: http://48days.faithsite.com/storyindex.asp?Month=0&SGKey=75&SID=9
Or check pages 34-50 in “48 Days To The Work You Love” http://48days.com/MainPages/Bookstore.htm



 








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