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Re: [PhillyOnRails] Resume advice
John-Scott Atlakson wrote:
I'm a bit embarrassed to say I've never put together a
'professional' resume before and I'm unsure what's the expected way to
present my skills.
When you're done, please send me your resume. We're hiring ROR talent.
These types of posts usually get tons of responses from the woodwork,
so I'll be curious to see other replies.Â As an employer, I offer these
- Include all your recent jobs even if you don't think its directly
"relevant" to the job you're applying to. I like to know how well
rounded a client is. And knowing that between development jobs you
worked at Sears for 10 months tells me more then you think it might.
- Keep your resume succinct but I think it's garbage that it has to
be 1 page like they tell you in school. Bullshit as far as I'm
- If you have 2 or 3 sentence descriptions of the projects you
worked on (and links, if they're publicly accessible websites/apps), do
provide them. But it's best to put on a separate page. That way, the
potential employer can review separately. You might call this "Summary
of Recent Projects" or something like that.
- I hate when people have a section called "technologies" and list
out every acronym they know. It's especially funny when put down things
like "HTML, DHTML, XHTML". I prefer when people pick the top 3 or 4
technologies they know and use and specify how much experience they in
them. "I have made a few small modifications to several Cold Fusion
sites." is so much better then just listing "CF".
- Please run spell check. And use good grammar. I find it very,
very difficult to over look those things.
- Skip the intro or Objective but do provide a cover letter that
explains who you are and what you want.
- It's nice when people offer to show me their code but it's really
not necessary. And please don't print out code and staple it to your
resume. (I've seen it all...). I usually prefer to have one write or at
least whiteboard out some code in an interview anyway so seeing your
existing code is nice but not essential. I love it when I get strange
looks from candidates when I ask them if they know if they had the
rights to show me this code from their former employer!
Colin A. Bartlett
Kinetic Web Solutions
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