HR and Programmer Resumes

This comic might be a bit old, but is it true? If it’s true, then it stands the test of time!

I found myself nodding to so many of these points as I read through it. What do you think?


11 Responses to “HR and Programmer Resumes”

  1. Gennady Borukhovich
    March 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Oh it’s true… :) I nodded on almost every single one of these!

    • peter
      March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Right? Solid.

  2. Derek Huether
    March 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I think this is closer to the truth than we may all want to admit. That’s why I used to ask HR to stay out of my hair and have the dev team refer friends. I only involved HR at the end of the process, not at the beginning.

    • peter
      March 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      I know right? Let the developers hire developers!

  3. Rob Lund
    March 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    I hadn’t seen this yet. The very bottom one is so true.

    • peter
      March 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      It’s all true! :)

  4. Pichat
    March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Great advice for anyone writing CVs, short and true.

    I used to tell friends to review their own resume from the point of view of an average HR person and mark everything green that he/she might understand. The more green the paper gets, the more likely to be invited for a job interview. I guess most HR people also expect “resources” to fit into one of their pots, into exactly one. Let’s say you are an experienced user interaction designer and 5 years+ Linux kernel hacker who writes Kanban books…. better write multiple resumes or you’ll confuse those poor people. :)

    Greetings from an agilist in Sweden.

    • peter
      September 24, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

      Hopefully you become so ‘awesome’ you don’t need a resume…. like … bill gates. :)

  5. Susan
    September 25, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I guess you guys have just been dealing with the wrong recruiters. :) As a specialist IT recruiter I can tell you that a lot of the programmer’s view is the same things I would look for, both positive and negative. So the list is pretty true still I think (great find by the way Peter), but the view of HR needs to be updated fellas 😉

    • peter
      September 25, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      Ha! Yep. Stay tuned for a post this week about developers: That developers are more collaborative and communicative than we may have thought… or at least, wired that way.

  6. David Blair
    September 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Too true, not necessarily in the detail, but certainly in the concept. I would add, about midway up the green:

    Shows self-documenting principles in example code
    Example code is greater than 10 pages
    Can explain off-the-cuff the personal challenges and triumphs and ‘eureka’ moments for sample code, and implications for future projects
    Shows interest and thoughtful nature when challenged, rather than ‘I know’ attitude

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