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The Difference Between Help and Grandstanding

April 25, 2020

I have gotten a lot of grandstanding and very little help:

Kevin Einafshar is so fucking stupid that he thinks that applying for a job and not being contacted for an interview is a choice.

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  • Sarah Marie Someone is getting hired. Why isn’t it you?
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie Probably because there is no honest way I can present my resume that doesn’t show me doing jobs at different levels if advancement without having big gaps on my resume. My resume is also done functional style to make it less obvious, and functional resumes are not interpreted well by Applicant Tracking Software. I paid someone who came highly recommended to me by someone on Twitter who charged $10 per resume–one professional and one clerical, and it was horrible and full of run-on sentences, the last thing one would want on a writing/editing resume but also on a clerical resume. The thing she was best at was doing eye-catching WordArt with my name. I didn’t ask her to do that, but I did talk about how the resumes were being mangled by ATS and needing a resume that could stand up to that. After several months of back and forth, she deleted her Fiverr account, and by the time I dealt with customer service, they weren’t able to get me my money back. Rita_Resumes is the only one I ever paid out of my own pocket to help me with my resume, and she turned out to be an incompetent crook.
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    • Sarah Marie Have you considered taking a free class online? Sometimes that can help make a big gap look less bad, like proof you’re actively doing something even if you aren’t working. I know Harvard has a lot of free classes right now.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie I’ve done free classes in the past. I got three software certifications as well as a certificate from the Department of Education stating that I completed 150 hours. I had no portfolio of finished live websites to show. For reasons of time and intellectual property, we could not make our websites live for copyright reasons nor take the time to find and work with actual clients to complete the curriculum. The few jobs that interviewed me after the certificate were most concerned about this. Also, none of the websites we made were completed because the instructor learned from the first time he taught the class that it was important to start with a new one every few days so that we wouldn’t forget the procedures for making a new site. Another problem was that cascading style sheets are extremely important but not covered until the last week of class. Also the software we certified on was three versions away from current. I am now highly skeptical of the value of free classes and wonder what “practical” things aren’t highly mathematical and probably not a good use of my time based on my own aptitudes.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie And of course, there is the issue we’ve already talked about regarding how unpredictability intermittent the WiFi is at the shelter. Any other place that I would get WiFi is currently closed (public library, where I wouldn’t be able to speak without security coming over and telling me to stop; Whole Foods Tribeca seating area) unless I want to travel over an hour away under the current conditions to go to Picture the Homeless, which does not seem like a good idea.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie And my resume says I’m a freelance writer to present. That I have no current clients would come out only when asked point blank in an interview in which I would have to say that my last project (editing) was completed in 2018.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie One thing I hear so often is, “Your resume looks fine. Let’s work on your interviewing skills,” to which I have to respond as politely as possible that I just told them that I am not being contacted for interviews, meaning that my interview skills are not the issue at the current bridge. I was advised long ago not to use a form cover letter, but I am able to show examples of specific cover letters that I have used for specific jobs. Then they’ll harp on something that makes them appear stupid, such as a mention of salary range requirements, which I include in the cover letter if and only if the job posting says that including it is mandatory for consideration.
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    • Scott Hutchins After stuff like this has gone on for an hour, sometimes even two, the so-called “expert” notices me getting irritated, at which point they want to throw the blame on my “attitude,” as though refusing to listen to the issues at hand, grandstanding, and trying to assert their supposed intelligence with one-size-fits-none solutions is what having a good attitude is.
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    • Kei Keiko Scott Hutchins why not do it by yourself and make it compact and simple to understand
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    • Scott Hutchins Kei Keiko Oh gee, why didn’t I think of that? Come on…. you’re seriously asking me that???
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    • Sarah Marie Scott Hutchins at this point, with all the free advice on the internet, it’s reasonable to ask why you haven’t researched and formatted your resume in the way you feel is best.
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    • Sarah Marie The skills necessary for most desk jobs often overlap with resume development.
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    • Kei Keiko Scott Hutchins yes i do. I first enrolled in a two years secretarial course then got a job then went to graduate business management. We were taught to write a resume in detailed simple compact statements or words
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie No, it shows that you are a condescending, presumptuous ass! What do you think I’ve been doing all these years and seeking out help from others when nothing I’ve been able to do my resume has increased the application to response ratio? Do you realize how many fucking versions of my resume there have been over the past 20+ years? I have seven on my current hard drive alone, which I’ve had for only about 20 MONTHS.
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    • Scott Hutchins Kei Keiko You think I haven’t been taught that or done that???
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie You remind me of the condescending asshole years ago who offered to buy me a resume book. I used half a dozen resume books from the public library when first developing my resume in the late 1990s. They didn’t work very well then, and they don’t work very well now!
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie The major criticism that my resume has gotten is that it doesn’t do a great job touting my accomplishments. This is because the example always given is “Increased sales by x%.” There is no way I could put something like that on my resume that wasn’t complete and total BS for which I would be unable to provide any supporting evidence in an interview. Every time I would write an accomplishment relevant to my field of work, I would always be told that it wasn’t good. When I would ask for help, they would just keep giving me the “Increased sales by x%.” example. THAT IS NOT HELP. THAT IS GRANDSTANDING.
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    • Sarah Marie Scott Hutchins if you don’t have a lot of accomplishments, I’d go back and take a class. Something like Microsoft Word or maybe a course related to the fields you’re most likely to be hired in. Sales, receptionist, etc.
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    • Sarah Marie Perhaps volunteer with your skills, a dog rescue I work for has a web developer, a treasurer, an accountant, a social media marketer, a president and vp, etc. All volunteers. If you volunteer with your skills then it shows you have a good work ethic and skills worth paying for, and you’ll be more likely to get hired.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie OK, you just did not understand what I fucking wrote. I put the accomplishments on my resume, but the buffoonish experts kept going back to “make it look more like this,” which has no direct relationship to the type of jobs I’ve had. Why would I need to take a Microsoft Word class? The last time a temp agency had me take the ProveIt test on Word, I got a 94%.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie What the fuck do you think I’ve been doing with Picture the Homeless, Neighbors Together, and these other nonprofits???
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie I also got an 87% on Excel and a 96% on PowerPoint, but that staffing service NEVER had any openings when I contacted them. I eventually gave up on them. I called them a year or two later, and the person on the phone reiterated my scores and expressed surprise that I’d never been placed, but I still never got placed.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie I’m sorry if I sound rude, but you sound accusatory to the point of libeling me.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie I have to tell you that I am this close to blocking you as a troll. Everything you write to me seems to be a lying accusation softened by making it sound like an inquiry.
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    • Scott Hutchins Sarah Marie “Why don’t you do x….?” when you have no way of knowing if the person has done x is a form of the logical fallacy of begging the question, in addition to often simply be libeling someone. Even when your phrasings aren’t exactly that form, they still have a tendency to be of that character. It’s rude and possibly calculated to set me off.
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    • Hakan Shakirov I don’t think I have ever seen Scott reply “yeah that’s a good idea. I’ll try it” to any advice on Facebook.
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    • Scott Hutchins Hakan Shakirov Because it’s all a bunch of condescending twerps who act like “Oh, Scott is too stupid to think of that on his own.”
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