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post #39181 of 65887
So like if Client x is alleged to have raped the Complainant 12 times I would put that in excel?
post #39182 of 65887
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

What should be created in excel? I honestly have no idea.

tables and lists.
and anything with math.

For instance, if you are going to send someone a list of 50 people and expect them to do something with it, freeform word content is not helpful:

John Stevens, (resides at 123 Green St, City, ST zip) - Kiddie diddler with trial date at the Kockatoucha County courthouse.
Ted Jones, 432 Red Drive #3, City, ST zip. Midget rapist. Has a hearing at the Littleton courthouse.
x50.

Wouldn't it be so much nicer to have a nice table with columns for
First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Accused of, Date, Location, etc.

Then I could filter the list and look at only kiddie diddlers from florida or convert it to other formats for analysis without having to bill you a few thousand dollars to have someone to copy+paste all of that crap into excel and then have someone else check to make sure they copied it right.
post #39183 of 65887
I would recommend putting something highly unique and personal (but not in a "raise HR's eyebrows" kind of way) about yourself at the end of your resume. I have listed "Amateur Bagpipe Player" for years and it used to get referenced any time I interviewed.
post #39184 of 65887
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

So like if Client x is alleged to have raped the Complainant 12 times I would put that in excel?

Yes. And you could include a formula that updates for each additional infraction.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I would recommend putting something highly unique and personal (but not in a "raise HR's eyebrows" kind of way) about yourself at the end of your resume. I have listed "Amateur Bagpipe Player" for years and it used to get referenced any time I interviewed.

Interesting. Do you think it helped at all? To me that type of stuff always seemed sort of odd to put on a resume, especially stuff that doesn't have a quantifiable outcome (i.e. completing a marathon), but I'm always willing to listen to the opinion of someone who sits on the other side of the table.
post #39185 of 65887
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Sorry to hear it, Stitch. I hope it doesn't hit you too hard.
Get some zinc and some rest!

thanks, G. i hope so as well. good idea on the zinc. ill rest up when i get home from work.

i was supposed be on the road today for about 2.5 hours, at least that got cancelled.
post #39186 of 65887
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Yes. And you could include a formula that updates for each additional infraction.
Interesting. Do you think it helped at all? To me that type of stuff always seemed sort of odd to put on a resume, especially stuff that doesn't have a quantifiable outcome (i.e. completing a marathon), but I'm always willing to listen to the opinion of someone who sits on the other side of the table.

I think if it's something compellingly interesting but not overly hokey and does not have much likely baggage attached it's effective. It's finding that tidbit about yourself that seems to compel people that is the tricky part. I've been asked about if I play for police funerals, or what clan I belong to, and other things over this. Something like this could easily backfire but if you notice it consistently draws the interviewer in, well, I think you have a winner.
post #39187 of 65887
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Yes. And you could include a formula that updates for each additional infraction.
Interesting. Do you think it helped at all? To me that type of stuff always seemed sort of odd to put on a resume, especially stuff that doesn't have a quantifiable outcome (i.e. completing a marathon), but I'm always willing to listen to the opinion of someone who sits on the other side of the table.

I have at times wondered if it was worth it to put my marathon PR and date at the bottom (2012 Chevron Marathon, finished 3:47) to assure people I was not overweight. I have not done this (yet!)

But it did come up in a not-quite-recent interview where the HR manager had also run it. But I can't recall how it came into the conversation.
post #39188 of 65887
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Interesting. Do you think it helped at all? To me that type of stuff always seemed sort of odd to put on a resume, especially stuff that doesn't have a quantifiable outcome (i.e. completing a marathon), but I'm always willing to listen to the opinion of someone who sits on the other side of the table.

I've been racing cyclocross for a few years now and it is listed as an activity/interest at the bottom of my resume (just after the glob of "skills"). It's not something so basic as putting "I like riding bikes!" so interviewers ask about it, we talk about it, I make it sound fun, and it gives the illusion that I can carry a conversation and that I do interesting things.

I wonder if I should work sailing into there now since I usually talk about it in interviews. Up until now, I had the standard college-grad resume with a "Leadership Activities" section (since I didn't have enough real experience to fill a page smile.gif ) where I mention being captain of my university's sailing team...but my next resume is probably dropping that section.
post #39189 of 65887
I agree with Piob, it's a good idea to have a section on "Interests and Activities". At worst they'll be ignored, at best they're conversation starters and may even turn out to be a common interest with the interviewer. I think putting "Marathoner" is reasonable, but listing specific races and completion times is tricky. Another marathoner may or may not be impressed by your time, and a non-runner may just think you're a pompous show-off.

The tricky thing about listing "MS Office" as a skill vs not is that for many jobs you have to make it past a keyword search before anybody will actually look at your resume. Just listing "Proficient in MS Office" makes you sound like a wanker, but working it into a job description does not, ie "Created a point-of-sale solution for a small retail business using Visual Basic with an Access Database back-end."
post #39190 of 65887
Can you put oenophile? Or does that imply you are an alcoholic?
post #39191 of 65887
Thanks for the input, all. As anyone who has read my posts regarding work knows, I'm looking for a job, so it's interesting to read different perspectives. A major problem right now is that places are inundated with applicants; I wonder if adding something like an "interests" section might help me stand out a bit.

I'll have to reflect upon which hobbies I have that could work well in such a section. Well, "DT Mod" is obviously entry #1, but I feel like I should have at least one or two other items, as well.
post #39192 of 65887
Are you good at drinking?
post #39193 of 65887
Wait, maybe send a headshot too.
post #39194 of 65887
I just stretched out at my desk, and the heel of my foot grazed the on/off switch on the power strip under my desk. My computer, both monitors, desk phone, desk lights, blackberry charger, and digital photo thing all shut off instantly.
post #39195 of 65887
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garage door broke a torsion spring and then threw a roller into Only God Knows Where. Now I'm weighing the cost/benefit of doing it myself versus paying someone to handle it. grr.

ffffuuuu.gif Fixing garage door springs is such a huge PITA. It's not hard, but to make sure that the springs are pulling equal tension and keeping the door level is obnoxious. Side note: do you not have a safety wire through your spring to prevent shit from flying all over?
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