[rescue] Old stuff on resumes (was: Personal progressions (was: what to do with a dec alpha 255))

Sheldon T. Hall shel at tandem.artell.net
Fri Jun 1 17:13:43 CDT 2007

Doug McLaren writes ...
> My resume probably could list more OSs, but fewer programming
> languages (ten seems a more reasonable figure.  Let's see, BASIC (I'll
> avoid listing the various flavors), 6502 asm, Pascal, 680x0 asm,
> forth, f77, Prolog, C, perl, bourne shell (I won't bother listing
> other shells), tcl, java with varying levels of proficiency in each.)
> However, it doesn't.  Much of this stuff I haven't touched in so long
> I'd be hard pressed to write anything in it now, even if I used to be
> really good at it 20 years ago.
> For OSes, who cares if I've adminned or used DomainOS?  ConvexOS?
> RiscOS?  BeOS?  Even Irix is on the way out, but I'd probably mention
> it.
> Do people really bother listing every language or OS they've touched
> on their resume?  Do employers care?

I dunno.  I don't think I ever got a job based on my resume.  Well, maybe
Peachtree Software, circa 1981.  Otherwise, it's all been through personal
contact.  So, maybe my resume is faulty, or maybe it doesn't list the
_right_ buzzwords, even though I have a _lot_ of buzzwords on it.

However, if the HR people are looking for an INTERCAL programmer, and
INTERCAL is on your resume, it would seem that you're more likely to get a
ringy-dingy than if it's not.  Therefors, one should put everything on one's
resume.  Now, whether anyone is looking for an INTERCAL programmer is a
separate issue.

And, of course, there's the generalist-versus-specialist question, as well
as the "WTF?  25 languages?  The guy can't hold a job!" issue....

Bottom line?  I have no idea.  


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