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Your Table of Contents January 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in People, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

In writing a resume, the key is to write enough that potential employers want to meet you and ask you a few questions . . . but not so much that they could answer those questions themselves.

Think of it as your Table of Contents.

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1. Greg Camp - January 11, 2011

Alas, my table of contents reads, “went to a lot of school, then spent as much time as he could in academia.”

Those who can, do. Those who like to talk a lot and not make money, teach.

nrhatch - January 11, 2011

I should be teaching. 🙂

2. Booksphotographsandartwork - January 11, 2011

You would be a great teacher. Not meaning that you talk to much though.

nrhatch - January 11, 2011

Thanks, Linda.

When I stopped practicing law, the Dean of the English department at Clemson University (who had been in one of my study groups in law school) encouraged me to enter Academia, as did one of my law professors.

I debated the issue and decided to remain a “free agent.” The teaching would be grand. The administrative “shackles” would drive me nuts.

3. Brown Eyed Mystic - January 11, 2011

Quick and to the point! I agree.


nrhatch - January 11, 2011

I tossed it out as a comment to Maggie, and then decided to post it.

Having been on both sides of the interview table, I’ve seen plenty of great resumes and a few rather “sad” examples.

The best were those that made me want to meet this amazing person and find out more about their experiences ~ their “table of contents” made me want to “buy the book” (or at least leaf through it).

4. 4minutewriter - January 11, 2011

I wish every employer thought like you did.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

They don’t?! 😉

5. Cindy - January 12, 2011

I have an interview on Friday morning for a six-week contract stint … not worried about my resume, but very worried they think I’m too old 😦

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

Be vibrant. Be alive. Be The Only Cin!!!! 🙂

Knock ’em dead.

6. jannatwrites - January 12, 2011

Great quick-tip to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

The more experience we accumulate, the longer our resumes tend to become . . . unless we edit down to the true highlights of each position.

If I received a one page resume in a stack of 4 page resumes, it would get my attention.

7. flyinggma - January 12, 2011

I love your comment..
“The best were those that made me want to meet this amazing person and find out more about their experiences ~ their “table of contents” made me want to “buy the book” (or at least leaf through it).”

My comment on interviewing and resumes would be show some enthusiasm, excitement and especially flexibility in what you do. Every business is trying to meet their needs with fewer people.

nrhatch - January 12, 2011

Absolutely, Jeanne. We need to show a healthy dose of enthusiasm, “Pick me! Pick me!” 🙂

8. M. Howalt - January 13, 2011

Well said. 🙂

nrhatch - January 13, 2011

Thanks, M!

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