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Is GTD on Your Resume?

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  • Is GTD on Your Resume?

    Hi All,

    Lately I've been thinking about incorporating GTD into my resume as I look to revamp my resume and move on to bigger and better things in my career. I saw this post on the blog yesterday and decided to bring it to the forum for discussion. I am also considering mentioning GTD as strength during interviews. My question is in two parts:

    1. Do you mention GTD, or have you thought about mentioning GTD, in your resume? If so, how and in what way? If not, why not, and do you think its a bad idea for any reason?

    2. Have you ever, or do you intend to, make GTD a discussion point in any interviews (new company, promotion)? How did it go? If not, why not?


    (If this has already been discussed, could you point me to the thread?)

  • #2

    In short I do not tout that I have read or even am a long time practicioner of GTD. Its Getting Things Done that matters. As an employer I want to know your set of accomplishments over how you got them done. That would tell me if you have the expereience and relevant skill sets for the job. While GTD is indeed a skill set, it is a comptency that is very broad and is not helpful in identifying if you can create a web page, administer a database or work in the laboratory.

    In the interview, it may be a good way to answer the question, how do you handle multiple projects?

    The fruits of GTD are the Accomplishments on your resume...


    • #3
      it depends on the resume, the industry and the postion/role you seek

      If you have a section on your specific skills or techniques or methods for productivity or applications of technology that you are facile with you might want to include it. If you have any form of certification or course completion, or you have a "professional growth and development" section or place where you list continuing education perhaps that would be a good place. I think it pays to include anything that is important to you because if the hiring person finds it interesting and important, you have the chance of a match. However, people come with all sorts of prejudices and judgments as well. Maybe, the wiser course is to indicate that you are invested in learning and honing skills in productivity and work flow management. One concern that I have, is that if someone does not know what GTD is or has failed with it, and he or she is not the wonderful supervisor or manager who enjosy learning from their "reports" , you might end up with rejection or friction.


      • #4
        Great answers, both worthy of consideration and contemplation.

        It looks like whoever moderates the Facebook fan page caught wind of this. A lot of people are positive about it.


        • #5
          I do not practice GTD exactly as it is written, but use my own TM methods Here is my take, I am not sure about putting GTD on a resume, as quite frankly it may appear elitist or almost cultish to some and could appear quite simply intimidating to others who may feel exposed on the TM front. I would work into the resume and interviews the themes of organization and productivity which more people may connect to. That said, as a person involved in TM, I have frequently asked in interviews questions like what type of system do you use to track your projects or how do you ensure the important stuff gets done. When someone has an answer which shows they think about TM I do feel better about the candidate.