Letter better than a resume

The Ticker

November 19, 1990|By Julius Westheimer

Are you out of work? Or trying to get a better job? But do you cringe at the thought of writing a resume? Stop worrying.

Donald Sweet, veteran employment scene observer, says, in "Best of the National Business Employment Weekly," (see below), "I always viewed resumes as a necessary evil, especially for older, experienced job seekers. Resumes prompt too many subjective judgments based only on the written word in a tight format.

"So what's the job-hunter to do? Ignore his resume? Yes. There is an alternative -- the 'resume letter.' People are much more disposed to read letters than resumes. They even enjoy it. Letters are more personal. And a well-written letter, which is businesslike and factual, attracts attention. Whatever your target, don't attach a resume. You don't want some secretary to short-circuit your letter; he or she might if a resume is attached. A resume letter is personal and reflects who and what you are and can do."

For details on acquiring "Best of National Business Employment Weekly" with sample letters, also how to subscribe to the parent publication -- one of the best I read weekly -- write the organization c/o Special Publications Dept., P.O. Box 435, Chicopee, Mass. 01021.


William Donohue, CEO, AMBEC Conveying Systems, Owings Mills, shares his success principles: "We're an engineering service for packaging-line automation, creating high-speed packaging for Quaker Oats, Hershey, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, etc. We make product lines work. My principles are: a positive attitude, focus on fundamentals, stick-to-it-ive-ness, honesty, lots of hard work and a team approach with employees, customers and suppliers. I've built a team of experts to get the job done and it really pays off."

Donohue had trouble with only one of my questions: "Why is it so impossible to open a package of assembly-line-packaged peanut butter or other crackers -- and what's the best way to do it?"


Hint #1: "Think of your job, new or old, as an empty house. Move in, look at its form and structure. Then start to create and custom fit -- design your space, decorate, make it into your home. Just doing what is expected at work is like living in a bare house." (Take This Job and Love It by Dennis Jaffe, $10.95)

Hint #2: "Take along a Polaroid camera when you shop for a major item -- car, house, wedding dress, etc. Having photos of likely choices will help you make the right decision." (Woman's Day)

Hint #3: "Senior-level job seekers may keep their titles but lose some power. A new survey indicates that top executives who received outplacement counseling were able to find similar or even better positions than they held previously, but at smaller companies. In 54 percent of cases, displaced executives found new jobs at smaller firms through networking contacts." (Association of Outplacement Consulting Firms, Parsippany, N.J.)


At the symphony Saturday night, a local top executive said to me, "It's sad that two of this area's biggest contributors to culture and charity -- Maryland National Bank and USF&G -- are having financial problems. I hope others take up the slack." . . . For a look back at two decades of business and finance, tune in tonight at 10 p.m. to locally-produced "20 Years of Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser," channels 22 and 67, with film clips and red faces.

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