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Contemplating the Art of Resumes

In the last two year I have helped/attempted to help/just plain rewritten four different people's resumes for friends and done perhaps four others as paying gigs through guru.com. Each has been an education. Ironically, the two different groups are vastly divergent.

The first group consist of women 30-50 - friends or associates who I knew had reason to be re-working their resumes. The second group were mostly 20-something males getting ready to or recently graduated from college.

Differences between the two groups abound, but those differences are painfully consistent.

My age/gender peers were unwilling or virtually incapable, without significant prodding, of claiming credit for anything.

The twenty-something guys? Ready to claim they cured cancer for being the president of their fraternity.

I'm still digesting this for a more complete post. It certainly merits one.

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That... is a VERY interesting point.

Would be useful to get some data from 30+ yr old males to see if they learn some sense by then.

And thanks for the prodding. ;)
Based on a lot of reading I've done and training I've had on managing in the workplace - the short answer is "No".

A lot of the career advice for women concerning review time, raises, and promotion/internal job application AS WELL as attitudes viewed as negative in a manager revolve around "Recognition vs. Expectation" women tend to see almost every task as "part of the job" vs. "Accomplishment for a job well done" so they fail to ensure it is included in reviews - from either side of the table at review time.

Methinks they are related.

(And as for the prodding - thank you for letting me help - first time in years I've had that much fun AND felt like I was actually helping out in a tangible way)