My most valuable lesson in the area of resumes and touting accomplishments came from a meeting with the president and co-owner of the company I worked for in 1974. One morning we were in his office for a short discussion and I attempted to 'bring him up to date' on what our department had recently accomplished. His simple response was to ask "What are you going to do for me today?"
That's been 49 years ago now, and I still remember his wisdom. Traditionally we all thought we needed to impress interviewers with our history. My advice now is to discover as much as you can about what your future employer is working on and doing, show your interest and enthusiasm for that, and express what you can offer and do for them to promote their needs.
If the interviewer REALLY wants to know about you ability with SQL Server 4.0, THEY'LL ASK YOU.
I'm curious... what was your answer to your old boss' question?
I ask because I find that most bosses that ask such questions are really out of touch with their people and someone taught them they would seem to be smart if they asked such a question during such a meeting. I think they got it out of an old out of print book titled " 'How to be a Boss' for Dummies". 😉
It's like the bosses that say "Don't bring me problems... bring me solutions". While I understand the sentiment behind that, if I don't first bring you the bloody problem, how are you going to understand the solution I'm getting ready to ask you for funding for?
Heh... maybe I should reverse things on them... Hey, boss, I need an estimated 2 Years spread across 4 FTEs to do yadda, yadda, yadda. And they ask, why would we need to do that? My answer should be "You told me to bring you solutions... not problems". 😉
I'll also say that if you made an absolute killer fix using something as limited as SQL Server 4.0, then it's ok to bring it up as a proof of out-of-the-box thinking even way back then and you've been doing so every day since then. Think, "Ok... here's what I've done in the past... just imagine what I can do for you in the future". 😀 If you can't prove what you did in the past, how can you prove what you can do in the future? Remember... "how you think" and "how you solve previously unknown problems" is important in an interview.