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December 29 2013


Resume Update 2011 - Part 1 | Manager Tools

This is awesome, except 1 thing  This is awesome, and I admit that after listening to this 2 part series I both a) started updating my resume even though I'm not leaving my job anytime soon and b) changed the format considerably after listening to Mark & Mike's advice. There's 1 thing that Mike & Mark have horribly wrong here, and that's the idea that Microsoft Word is still the standard for resumes.  Granted I work for IBM and we make a competing product, but I'm not going to recommend Lotus SmartSuite either. Their reasoning is perfectly sound.  Resume systems are ancient and on all these new devices you never know what you're going to see.  They're new and have bugs (like all new software does).  But the conclusion is wrong - it's because of these things that you should choose PDF.  For example, if you want to work at IBM, your resume has an 90% chance of going straight in the trash if it's in Word 2007 or 2011.  If it's 2003 you have a fighting chance, since most everybody has something that can convert.   There's no PDF 2.0 because that's the whole point of PDF: it never changes.  It's been the same for 20 years (yes, longer than any recent Word format).  Think about it - if the resume system is 10 years old, it won't work with Word 2003 or later. Also, as a former programmer I can tell you that PDF is much easier to get right.  PDF has had a public, freely available specification for 10 years and in 2008 became an ISO standard.  There's a specification that tells you exactly how to display different things.  With MS Word, you have to reverse engineer it.  You create something, and then look at it in different versions of Word and then decide which one yours should look like.  Yes, the same doc looks different even among different versions of Word. Mark & Mike are right that resume systems do convert all resumes to an internal format.  That internal format is most often PDF.  So your resume in Word is getting converted to PDF anyways, and probably poorly because nobody really knows how Word works. One last knock against Word: your resume might show up on the recruiter's machine as having a virus, even though you didn't knowingly put anything strange in it.  That's because you might have a plugin / program installed that inserted a macro and changed the security policy on your machine to be okay with that macro.  This happened to me 12 years ago in college and seriously hurt my job hunt until one kind recruiter finally told me. Regardless of that, this is a fantastic podcast that everybody who serious about their career should listen to.  Thank you Mark/Mike/Wendii. Ryan P.S.  Even the sample resume you provided is in PDF.   BTW, that sample was very useful. Thank you. http://www.manager-tools.com/2011/08/resume-update-2011-part-1

October 28 2013


A Word from the Lord? Evaluating the Modern Gift of Prophecy (Nathan Busenitz)

Grace to You... John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching brings the life-transforming truth of God’s Word to millions of people every day. http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/TM13-8/a-word-from-the-lord-evaluating-the-modern-gift-of-prophecy-nathan-busenitz
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