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#83158 - 10/19/02 02:22 PM Re: Thanks for touching base  
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To me "buzzword" has a mostly negative connotation.

I'm not so sure about this. My husband is currently looking for employment. All the recruiters he talks to keep telling him to put more buzzwords into his resume. They seem to prefer the buzzwords to sentences.

Of course, it could be that they're all idiots and don't understand anything but buzzwords.


#83159 - 10/19/02 05:49 PM Birds of a feather flock together  
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xara - Does your husband want to fly with that flock?

Ya gotta do watcha gotta do...


#83160 - 10/19/02 10:04 PM Re: Herding cats  
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I dunno. But I just heard a variant the other day (can't remember from whom) - "It's like bagging fog." Same story. Both of them provide a great visual.


#83161 - 10/19/02 10:12 PM Re: Herding cats  
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or like "teaching a pig to sing"...



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#83162 - 10/20/02 01:54 PM buzzwords in resumes  
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Pardon me for not putting the little markes over the "e"s in resume.

The reason for using the buzzwords is that resumes are no longer examined by human beings in many places. They use computers to look for the buzzwords that the hiring person has specified.

I know this first hand because I have been told by our HR people that I was highly qualified for a position but was not referred for interview because the program, Resumix, I think, did not find the words the manager had asked for.

That's when I decided I'd had enough of the bullshit. I don't have the time, energy, or inclination to play guessing games with someone who's stupider than I am. My last day willbe January 10, notwithstanding the fact that we know Peggy's employment is going away March 31.

It looks as though we'll be living in western NC by this time next year. I hope they have internet access!

TEd



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#83163 - 10/21/02 01:40 PM Re: buzzwords in resumes  
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My last day will be January 10

Hey, happy retirement then, TEd!

Lucky sod.


#83164 - 10/21/02 01:44 PM Re: Herding cats  
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In reply to:

or like "teaching a pig to sing"...


I heard on CNN this weekend "like trying to put socks on a rooster."


#83165 - 10/21/02 01:50 PM Re: Herding cats  
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"It's like bagging fog."

Dunno, FB, I think "herding cats" is a much better visual, especially if you're talking about trying to get a bunch of people to pull together. Says something about the people involved as well as about the futility of the task.

"Bagging fog" just implies the futility, although it does imply that very well.

"It's like giving a cat a pill" would be another good description of a futile task - one that would probably result in injury to all non-cats present.


#83166 - 10/22/02 11:28 PM Re: Herding cats  
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I think "herding cats" is a much better visual, especially if you're talking about trying to get a bunch of people to pull together. Says something about the people involved as well as about the futility of the task.

I used the "herding cats" metaphor until this June, when Wappaloo experience taught me that "it's like trying to organize AWADers" is much more evocative.



#83167 - 10/23/02 04:20 AM Re: Herding cats  
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"it's like trying to organize AWADers"
Quite right, Sparteye. AWADers are much easier to herd than to organize.


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