job screening question

valdis.kletnieks at vt.edu valdis.kletnieks at vt.edu
Fri Jul 6 17:25:18 CDT 2012


On Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:07:51 -0700, goemon at anime.net said:

> This is what baffles me. People keep putting stuff on their resume that
> they simply don't know anything about. TCP/IP expert, yet they don't know
> SYN/SYNACK/ACK or subnetting. HTTP expert but they don't know what a 200
> response is.

The Friday afternoon cynic in me says it's because it's a move with positive
paybacks.  There's 3 basic possibilities:

1) You send the puffed resume to a company with clue, it gets recognized
as puffed, and you don't get the job.  Zero loss, you weren't going to get
that job anyhow.

2) You send a boring unpuffed resume to a company sans clue.  They recognize it
as boring because there's only 3 buzzwords on 2 pages, and you don't get the
job.  Loss.

3) You send a puffed resume, and the guy doing the hiring doesn't know what
the 3-packet mating call of the Internet is *either*.  Win.

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