I meant to blog yesterday…

…but I was wrapped up in helping Ursula with the molding and casting (see her posts to the the progress so far) and a friend with some virtualization setup he’s working on.

In between that I’ve been meeting with and talking to various recruiters and continuing to look for a job. Which has run into a pet-peeve – resumes. Every recruiter, outplacement, transition service, former co-worker, and my dog has an opinion on how a resume should be formatted, what information it needs, how much information it needs, etc, etc, etc….

So as of this afternoon, I keep three kinds of resume on hand : a concise high-level one, a REALLY detailed technical one, and one that has been made “recruiter friendly.”[1]

And then we get into formatting. I’m an *nix user, and all the documents might look AWESOME on *nix, or when printed, or in a PDF. And then I convert them to (Windows) Word format. Not Office 2011 for OSX Word, not OpenOffice (or LibraOffice) Open Document Format, but Windows Office 2010 Word.

And it consistently looks like ass.

I’ve learned to accept that. Because let’s face it, the language of business is not English, it is Word and Excel format files.[2] I’m older, wiser, and a little more realistic than I was last decade, and have decided this is not a fight I can win, so I’ll adapt.[3]

So hey, it’s a hard world out there, but there are jobs, and while the market is slow, there are people hiring if you know where to look and who to talk to. And remember kids – you can always take an interview and say “pass” if you don’t like what you hear.

[1] In as much as it can be. Every recruiter will want it in their own special “what works best” style & format. I just take whatever they give me and file it under their company name.
[2] Just think, someday all international communications will be in Excel Macros, because it will probably be a language known by more people than any other, combined. I may have just thrown up in my mouth a little at that concept.
[3] But not quietly. I’ll bitch here and on twitter and over drinks and IRC and…

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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