It’s resume time again

It’s coming up to the end of my contract. My boss’s boss’s boss asked all the contractors for copies of our resumes to help him get approval to renew the contracts, as we’ve all been here far longer than is allowed by company policy, and so he has to do whatever crafty tricks he does in order to keep us. But I figured a good resume isn’t a bad thing to have if his tricks stop working, so I spent some time on it and asked some friends to review it.

My old resume was, in the words of one person who looked at it, a “bit last millenium”. He suggested that I find a nice template somewhere and redo it. The problem is that I like having the resume there on the web both for portability and accessibilty, and most of the templates you find are Microsoft Word. But in googling around, I stumbled across a pretty nice looking resume that was implemented as an XML file with an XSL file to translate it into html. Now that is 21st century! Unfortunately, I lost the link and the guy’s name in my rush to stealadopt his technology. The XML has optional “hide=’true'” attributes so you can leave out different bits for different applications, although I haven’t made use of that.

The new resume looks pretty good. Have a look. Offer me a fulfilling job with lots of money.

10 thoughts on “It’s resume time again”

  1. How well does the new resume print? “Print preview” in Mozilla on Linux didn’t do a good job. What looks good on a screen may not translate too well to paper, and that’s (unfortunately) what a number of recruiters want.

  2. It prints well if you turn on the option to print background colors and images. But you’re right, I should probably stick to PDF when sending it to recruiters.

  3. Well that makes more sense. I mean, that’s more of a hobby really. Not to mention you would need a new font to accomodate the acronym.

  4. For bonus points, write alternative stylesheets to target other formats, like TeX, or *roff, or RTF.

  5. Tina, go right ahead, since I stole it from somebody else. I’d advise doing a “save link as” to get the raw XML and then grabbing the xsl stylesheet. If you save the page in your browser you’ll get the html version, and that’s much harder to edit.

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