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Old 02-10-08, 03:44 AM
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So I'm going to begin interviewing potential co-workers this week and one of the resumes is awful. I mean this thing could not be more off the mark of what my job is. Is it often that a great worker will have a lousy resume?
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If you are doing the interviewing yourself, it is to your advantage to use the resume as a way to narrow down the amount of people you have to see. When I helped interview IT candidates at my last company, HR would receive a phenomenal amount of resumes from housewives or people who had none of the skills bulleted in the job posting. I, myself, have a pet peeve of the overly long resume. If the resume is more than 2 pages, I don't even really want to look at it. Even when you find semi-acceptable resumes, it could turn out that everyone in the initial interviews is unacceptable so why waste time on resumes that don't fit the position.

Good luck by the way
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Lousy as in bad fit - never. Lousy as in poorly written - a few times, but usually with people who had no work experience.
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So I'm going to begin interviewing potential co-workers this week and one of the resumes is awful. I mean this thing could not be more off the mark of what my job is. Is it often that a great worker will have a lousy resume?
No, it's usually not a good sign. You want to see something on there that makes them a match for the job.

Unless they're a hot chick. Then all bets are off.

Now, you will sometimes see an outstanding applicant with a mediocre resume. Maybe they have very limited experience, or maybe they know one part of the job and not the other, but when you meet them they just really seem to click. You should hire that person, IMO -- you're going to end up training somebody to do the work that you do in any case, and sometimes it's better to start off with a blank slate than someone who spends half their time saying, "well, in my old job, we did this..."

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