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This poll was inspired by a comment from a friend.
Have you ever dumbed down your resume?
A friend of mine contacted me recently to ask for advice about this job search. Among other things, I told him to send over his CV so I could give him some feedback.
Once he did, I noticed something strange. He used to be the CEO of a small company but on the CV, he had put his job title as Marketing Manager.
When I asked him why not include the CEO mention, which sounds impressive, he responded that “when people see that, they won't take me to be ‘just' a marketing manager” because a CEO position “is not what I am trying to get.”
This reminded me of another story.
Back in 2002 after the Dot Com Crash, I was on my first job search in Israel and not doing very well. I'd been looking for over 4 months at that point and hadn't had one interview yet.
Attending a friend's birthday party, I met someone who was also looking for a programming job. He had about 8 years of experience, but he said that his CV only mentioned the past two years' of work because a few companies had told him he was overqualified, and getting desperate for a job, he was willing to ‘forget' 6 years to get an entry-level job again.
I thought he was crazy but only having 2 years of experience myself at the time, it was hard to put myself in his shoes.
So what about you: have you ever dumbed down your resume? If you haven't, would you or not? Tell us in the comments.
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