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Comment: Targeted Resume and Cover Letter FTW (Score 1) 472

by _Neurotic (#44108397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

You probably need to take a serious look at your resume. Even as an 'old guy' with plenty of great experience you need to have a two page resume. Update to a modern template and spend some time honing the message to target the job you want. Hiring managers understand that you have more under your belt than could fit on your resume so don't sweat what you can't fit.

Focus on results. Use the space wisely. Don't get disappointed when you don't get an interview for a job that emphatically states the need for a degree. If their culture does not allow for someone in your shoes you probably wouldn't be happy there anyway. There are senior level technical jobs that will accept experience in lieu of a degree. Look for them.

Also, don't be afraid of selling yourself. Don't lie, never lie. But do use compelling language to indicate that you get the job done right and under budget.

Finally, create a cover letter specifically for every application, especially if the jobs sounds like one you really want. Forget about the resume in the cover letter. Use 2-3 paragraphs to call attention to the specific experience and results that apply directly to the job. Come off as confident but not cocky. Remember, you are the experienced professional.


Giant Black Hole At Milky Way's Core Stays Slim 61

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the no-high-fructose-corn-syrup dept.
thomst writes "A team of researchers from Harvard and MIT announced at the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society a new theoretical model of how the super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way consumes gas from surrounding star clusters, based on a million seconds of observation by the orbital Chandra X-ray telescope. Astronomers had previously believed that the object, known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced 'Sagittarius A-Star') consumed only around one percent of the gases it stripped from the star clusters around it, but the new model reduces its consumption to 0.01 percent (i.e. — two orders of magnitude). Physorg.com's uncredited reporter gets the story right, while space.com's Andrea Thomspon clearly doesn't understand the mechanism behind the phenomenon (essentially, thermal conduction from the extremely-hot accretion disk heats the surrounding gas, causing it to expand, and thus move away from Sagittarius A*'s gravity well)."
Role Playing (Games)

Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-met-warden dept.
ishanjain tipped news that BioWare has announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, called Awakening, that is due out on March 16th. Awakening "is supposed to run about 15 hours and will allow for players to import and edit characters they've broken in from the core game," and it will take place "in the in the role of a Grey Warden Commander who's been tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and finding out how the darkspawn survived following the death of the Archdemon dragon." A trailer is available at the official site, as well as some information on a new bit of DLC that will be out shortly, entitled Return to Ostagar. (It was originally due for release on January 5th, but was delayed.)

Astronomers Detect the Earliest Galaxies 127

Posted by kdawson
from the from-little-seeds dept.
FiReaNGeL writes "Astronomers, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, have uncovered a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before. They are from 13 billion years ago, just 600 to 800 million years after the Big Bang. These newly found objects are crucial to understanding the evolutionary link between the birth of the first stars, the formation of the first galaxies, and the sequence of evolutionary events that resulted in the assembly of our Milky Way and the other 'mature' elliptical and majestic spiral galaxies in today's universe."
United States

US Military Explored Hiring Bloggers As Propagandists 355

Posted by Zonk
from the meme-warfare-has-been-going-on-for-a-while dept.
Zeinfeld writes "Wired reports that one time Clipper Chip supporter Dorothy Denning wrote a report on using blogs for information warfare in 2006 (a report available from cryptome). Amongst the proposals were hiring bloggers directly as propaganda agents and using military media resources to 'make' a blogger posting favorable material. Notably, and most unfortunately absent from the report, is the very real question of whether the military should be manipulating domestic media." Is meme warfare just another battleground, or is this dirty pool?

Google Docs Aims At Microsoft Office Live 95

Posted by Zonk
from the ready-steady-edit dept.
mikesd81 writes "Channel News reports that Google took an important step forward Monday in its rivalry with Microsoft Office Live, reporting that Google Docs will allow users to edit word processing documents offline. Google said users of its Google Docs word processing application can use Google Gears to save and then edit documents without being connected to the Internet. 'The offline capability will be limited to word processing documents, though the company plans to add it to spreadsheets and presentations in the future.'"

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court