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February 22, 2012

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Neil

I'd rather be called as part of the web design vanguard rather than a computer dinosaur because that would make me look like I'm living under a rock.

@AmbivalentGeek

I agree with you, Lynn. Your friend should promote the fact that he was on the leading edge of a new technology and communication medium, even if it was a long time ago.

Val S.

Years ago when I was working in a very popular bagel shop, I was applying for a job as a receptionist at an office just around the corner (in Seattle's Pioneer Square, Lynn). Rather than avoid mentioning food service, I referred to it as a temporary job and said, "Maybe you've seen me there if you've been in at lunchtime." I played up the friendliness and quick service and thought I might stand out if they knew who I was.

It worked - I got the job!

As an aside, it may not look great on a resume, but experience in food service often means someone is very good at multi-tasking.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Neil, "Geek," and Val. Thanks for dropping by and staying to chat.

Geek, I like your powerful phrasing: "leading edge of a new technology and communication medium."

Thanks for the example, Val. How wise of you to play up the friendliness and quick service when applying for a job as a receptionist! Even now you could talk about that bagel shop job to illustrate your early success at multi-tasking.

Lynn

Hatem

I am totaly agree . In my Bio , I thought there are many things that wouldn't grap any one's attention. And i was mistaken , when i mentioned my military service , I got the job because the knew i might consider the delivery time and i could work under pressure . It was my key rather than my other experience which could be the same for others . Thanks for the good point.

Randy Averill

When I found myself unexpectedly looking for a career change about 3 years ago, I was concerned that my many years of experience might be misinterpreted - specifically, that a reader might think I could be looking for a job in which to lay low for a few years before retirement (I believe I have many good years left). In the personal section of my resume, I included my love for sailboat racing as an attempt to convey that I could still bring plenty of energy to a new position.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Hatem. Thank you for telling us about listing your military experience in your bio. It certainly does communicate your ability to deliver and work under pressure.

Lynn

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Randy. Thank you for letting us know about your decision to include sailboat racing on your resume. What a wise choice to communicate energy!

Thanks for your good example and strategy.

Lynn

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