Dear Tom Frank:
Your droll article on the exalted state of resume preparation [Capital Lies, August 25] is convincing testimony it is way past time to seek a better way to compete in the job market.
I was the sardonic resume expert who stated in a 1987 feature article in Carol Kleiman's column, "It is the resume consultants who are competing for jobs in the personnel office." I hung your article next to all of mine.
Damn the "gods of capitalism" and rip the how-tos to shreds, Tom. Tell people to stop buying all those confusing, hyped-up, fear-based books, and call me. Change human resources policy. Conceive a better way. But please don't do the condescension boogie on the job seeker. The sometimes "desperate" state of mind during the anxiety-prone job search is real. I don't support the exploitation by those authors; however, the tiny hairs on my resume-writing fingers bristled from the undertone in your message. Hey, it's treacherous out there.
You're a pretty good writer. You, too, could open a resume service. But, if you don't and you need one, please consider using my service. I take a collaborative approach to the development process. Between the two of us, we could probably create some hype to get you from the Reader to the New York Times.