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Get a clue, get a job

January 30, 2004

Joel Spolsky vents some of his frustration at clueless job seekers and offers advice on resumes, cover letters, and other excuses to not interview someone.

From my (sometimes endless) days of having to interview and hire countless engineers, I gotta say this is enormously right on…

However, I’d also add “Don’t write a novel”—if you can’t entice someone to interview you in one page (two at the outside), you’re liable to put them to sleep.

The longer I’ve been in this field the shorter the resume has gotten.  Hint—only keep the REALLY REALLY SIGNIFICANT stuff…



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