ERIC Number: ED249537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Rhetoric of the Resume.
Anderson, W. Steve
Faithfully following a fixed set of procedures has long been standard practice in writing resumes. This process produces a passable document with a minimum of effort expended. There are, however, advantages to be gained from taking a conceptual approach to resume preparation. First, it can help provide a framework for these procedures, giving the writer an understanding of the process that allows better control over the final product. Second, since no set of procedures can cover every contingency, the conceptual approach provides help when the situation is vague or ambiguous. A conceptual model can be devised based on J. Kinneavy's formulation of the rhetorical triangle, which states that basic to all uses of language are a person who encodes a message, the signal or language that carries the message, the reality to which the message refers, and the decoder or receiver of the message. In the case of the job search, the encoder or job applicant is an outsider and the decoder or personnel officer an insider. Each has a different perception of the reality being dealt with in the search. This situation can be used by the applicant to help evaluate material for inclusion in the resume. Insiders have control over the description of the type of person they are seeking, but they have little control over how outsiders style themselves to fit that description. The applicants are, largely, what they say they are; that is, the readers of resumes know only what they are told. Outsiders should use this opportunity to make themselves appear to be insiders. (RBW)
Descriptors: Credibility, Educational Theories, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Job Application, Job Search Methods, Models, Personnel Evaluation, Persuasive Discourse, Portfolios (Background Materials), Rhetoric, Teacher Role, Technical Writing, Writing (Composition), Writing Research, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kinneavy (James); Resumes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (Clearwater Beach, FL, April 12-14, 1984).