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Critique - The Modern Resume


Critique - The Modern Resume

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I am wondering what people think of this title and description:

Abstract: Learn practical ways in this session that you can use to build your career brand and stand out from the crowd. Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral, shares some of the ways in which he has successfully grown his career over the years. Steve will present tips and tricks for using social networking sites, blogging, volunteering, leadership, and more to your advantage. He also has a few resume hints to help you find a great job that fits you.

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Steve we have read enough of your work here on SSC to know that your abstract effectively describes your presentation. If there are highlights in your actual presentation not in your abstract I will re-comment here after listening to you at SQL SAT#60 in Cleveland on Feb 5, 2011

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Thanks, will be interested to hear if it matches the talk.

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It sounds interesting. I'd be interested in comparing your technique to what I do.

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I think it is accurate - having heard the presentation.



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I have to concur with Jason having heard your presentation at the CSSUG meeting a couple of years ago.

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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (1/20/2011)
I am wondering what people think of this title and description:

Abstract: Learn practical ways in this session that you can use to build your career brand and stand out from the crowd. Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral, shares some of the ways in which he has successfully grown his career over the years. Steve will present tips and tricks for using social networking sites, blogging, volunteering, leadership, and more to your advantage. He also has a few resume hints to help you find a great job that fits you.


I think the abstract is just fine. I don't believe the title matches nor does justice to the abstract or the session, though. Now, after reading the abstract, I get the point as to why the title is what it is, but the purpose of the title is to make people want to take the time to read the abstract. I've skipped over reading the abstract for this session many times simply because I took the title to be yet another person telling me how to "write" a resume rather than how to increase my value and exposure to a future employer.

What do I suggest for a title? You're much better at writing than I am but, whatever you come up with, I'd avoid the word "resume" like the plague.

Hmmmm... there is one minor change I'd make to the abstract simply because it seems so obvious. We know that it will be a "session"...

Learn practical ways in this session that you can use to build your career brand and stand out from the crowd. Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral, shares some of the ways in which he has successfully grown his career over the years. Steve will present tips and tricks for using social networking sites, blogging, volunteering, leadership, and more to your advantage. He also has a few resume hints to help you find a great job that fits you.

Heh... nah... hmmmph :-) BWAA-HAAA!!! A really eye-popping title might be something like "Exposing Yourself in Public". :-P I guarantee people will stop and read the abstract for that one! Hehe

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I think the abstract is just fine. I don't believe the title matches nor does justice to the abstract or the session, though. Now, after reading the abstract, I get the point as to why the title is what it is, but the purpose of the title is to make people want to take the time to read the abstract.

I agree with Jeff. I've attended this presentation and there's a lot of great content. The title leaves me wondering if it's about writing a resume, if standards for resumes have changed, or something along those lines. Your presentation is much more than that; it's about getting your resume to the top of the stack by doing things beyond showing up to work and doing a good job. The abstract tells that story, the title...not so much.
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Interesting comments. I've never had anyone mention the title, but those are good points. I'll see if I can come up with something else that might better describe this session.

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I like the title. As someone recently pointed out to me "Grant, we don't need your resume. It's out there." I think Steve's got it right. The stuff he's suggesting is the Modern Resume.

I also agree with Jeff's edit, not because we know it's a session, but because I though the sentence read a little funny. It reads much better Jeff's way.

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