Jewish World Review March 29, 2001 / 5 Nissan, 5761
Resumania by Max Messmer
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- LISTING tangible skills, abilities and accomplishments on a resume is good. Describing why your talents make you the best match for the position is even better. Being overly boastful, on the other hand, is a sure way to end up in the Resumania file:
"SKILLS: I have learned the art of management the hard way, by doing it. And believe me, it shows."
Is that a good thing?
"QUALIFICATIONS: I've got it!"
"POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: I have more energy than a PowerBar, more patience than a hospital emergency room and more confidence in myself than many small countries."
This candidate's future employer may need some of that "patience."
"COVER LETTER: The interview you schedule will undoubtedly reveal my unmatched talent and suitability for the position."
Uh, don't count your chickens... .
"OBJECTIVE: Secure a position in a large firm as receptionist, PBX operator, manager, owner or accounts receivable clerk."
At least you're leaving your options open.
While overselling your qualifications is never a good idea, underwhelming a hiring manager is also unwise. Consider the following:
"COVER LETTER: My work history is outlined on my enclosed resume. As you can see there isn't anything too impressive about it."
Thanks for the tip.
"EXPERIENCE: Organized a committee to win $250 of new business."
Unless there are some missing zeros, most employers will be looking for a little more.
"OBJECTIVE: Desire a career as a trainee."
Obviously someone committed to lifelong learning.
"REASON FOR LEAVING: My employment ended due to lack of work."
Yours or theirs?
"COVER LETTER: Please see how your enclosed resume will meet the job requirements."
We'll be sure to call ourselves for an interview.
"SKILLS: Computers and all brands of office ice machines."
And finally, one of my favorites:
"EXPERIENCE: Currently unemployed due to self-inflicted toe sprain.
The downside of trying to get your foot in the
03/26/01: No need to say why you left