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Fred Richards

This is a typical "talking to strangers" problem. Yes, there are people in organizations who are not as technically minded as us (nerds, geeks, IT folks). You don't know where they're coming from, and may have been perceived as rude. Although if you said it to me, I would not think so.

I often measure a recruiter/hiring manager's tech expertise. How? An easy way might be to say "I can send you my resume any way you'd like, in pdf form, word doc, google drive or cloud link, even text!" I have had people ask specifically for text resumes in the past!

You have the tools to provide any one of those, and when you do you know immediately where they stand.

I might suggest another small hack. Put purposeful typos on your resume to track changes. In other words, like old timey cartographers making map traps, maybe one word at the end is misspelled or something non-critical is one letter/digit/symbol off. I even used to put very light grayed "serial numbers" on my resumes. Track them even further. This helps if someone gets your resume and you don't know how it arrived to them.

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Vicente G. Reyes Author

Agreed that they aren't as nerdy/geeky/IT Literate as we are. But if I were an owner of a company/agency/studio/house that hires, I'd be looking for a hiring manager that at least knows the basics of how things are on the IT world.

And, I have links to my LinkedIn, GitHub, Twitter and Website on my email signature. He/She could've spent at least a minute to check those links to see if I were qualified.

Now, I'd love to see how you track those changes on your resume with this:

Put purposeful typos on your resume to track changes. In other words, like old timey cartographers making map traps, maybe one word at the end is misspelled or something non-critical is one letter/digit/symbol off. I even used to put very light grayed "serial numbers" on my resumes. Track them even further. This helps if someone gets your resume and you don't know how it arrived to them.
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Fred Richards

A quick example. My last resume has a 1 instead of a zero somewhere. I even told the hiring manager. He said "that's ok". One of my other ones has "aide customers in..." where aid is misspelled. More often than not people overlook these small changes. Of course you need to keep track of them. :)

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Vicente G. Reyes Author

I get it! I have that on the link! It's already September, so my resume "version" should be for september but the link instead ended at august.pdf 😄

Thank you!

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Fred Richards

It's a very programmatic way of tracking changes... think in terms of a git diff. If the last handful of recruiters could check your resume into git and look at the diffs, they'd see the progress of changes.

But if they have difficulty with a link, are they really gonna collaborate and perform diffs on your resume?

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Vicente G. Reyes Author

Exactly! Awesome analogy, Fred!