Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your Resume Won't Get You a Job


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/not-r-sum-gets-hired-163838046.html (Thanks to the tip-off from Beyond.com for reference to this article!)

Nope. Your resume will not get you a job, any more than teaching will get you tenure in a college job.

Whaaatt? Teaching isn't important?

Nope. Dirty little truth of academia: the college does not care how well you teach. Bad teaching can hurt you, can get you booted out the door. But good teaching is meaningless when it comes to earning tenure.

In the same way, a resume cannot get you a job. It can make you someone an employer will not hire (for so many reasons: typos, lack of credentials or experience, bland and boring language). But it can merely place you in the "to be considered" pile.

That said, here are some tips to having a resume that will work for you, not against you:

And if you would prefer a snappy YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKPZUNmECVs

I listened to it! I liked it! It's actually quite good! (I usually hate YouTube teaching videos.)

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