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    Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Suppose you had to hire one person for a job and there were two people that qualified. Both of them had extremely similar education, background, personality, mannerisms, etc. However one of the applicants put their resume on high quality paper and had a well designed letterhead and the other's resume was mediocre.

    Would that be enough to make you want to hire one of them over the other?

    Weird question: I know.

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Given that everything else was equal, yes.

    Unless I had reason to believe that the difference was due to money, not effort.

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    I would agree with LaRoza here.
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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    If they're equally suitable for the job and the only difference was the presentation of their resume, I'd pick the one with the better-looking resume.

    Regardless of whether it was money or effort, the better-looking resume is indicative of greater motivation to get a job, and can also indicate his/her attentiveness to detail.

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Quote Originally Posted by samjh View Post
    Regardless of whether it was money or effort, the better-looking resume is indicative of greater motivation to get a job, and can also indicate his/her attentiveness to detail.
    A poor person that does the best she can to make a good impression outways a person who has easy access to more expensive tools in terms of motivation and attentiveness to detail.

    While I agree that I would (by default) hire the better resume, I would actually be hiring the one I perceived to give the greatest effort.

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    I would be more impressed by a mediocre resume produced by the applicant himself than a superb resume produced by a professional resume service (assuming I could obtain such information as to the resume's origins).

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    How much does good paper costs anyways? Even a poor guy could afford it.

    However CVs printed on silk is a sure sign of rear end kissing.

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Quote Originally Posted by aimran View Post
    How much does good paper costs anyways? Even a poor guy could afford it.

    However CVs printed on silk is a sure sign of rear end kissing.
    I only mentioned the cost factor to say I wouldn't be impressed by a show of wealth, only effort.

    In all likely hood, the better CV wins.

    Can you get silk for HP DeskJets?

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Quote Originally Posted by LaRoza View Post

    Can you get silk for HP DeskJets?
    What I meant was an obvious effort to kiss some ****

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    Re: Suppose you had to hire one of two people and...

    Quote Originally Posted by aimran View Post
    What I meant was an obvious effort to kiss some ****
    Yeah, I know.

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