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									                             Jerry Penner
         77 Arnold St      New Hamburg, Ont. N3A 2C6              519-662-4009

CAREER OBJECTIVE: Money - save you some, make both of us some more, and have
fun doing it in a technical, creative, or supervisory role.

SKILL SET: I am analytical. I can see problems, solutions and patterns that others miss.
I have a rare ability to pick up pretty much any task and learn it. The fact that I'm not
familiar with a particular piece of software or machinery is of no importance. If it has a
manual, let me read it for the weekend and I'll be ready.


       MS Office Suite                               Corel Suite
       Netscape Composer (Web Page Builder)          AceFTP (File Transfer Software)
       RadioWolf (Radio Studio Automation)                  WinFax
       MS BASIC                                      Microchip Assembler
       HTML                                          Javascript

MACHINE SKILLS:                                             OTHER SKILLS:

       Office Equipment                              High Mechanical Aptitude
       Retail Equipment                              High Mental Aptitude
       Metalworking Equipment                        Conflict Resolution & Negotiation
       Factory Automation                            Creative Sense of Style
                                                     Task Prioritization
                                                     Non-Commission Sales
                                                     Shop/Store Management

      May '96 to September 2004: Engineering Manager
      D.G. Henderson & Assoc. Ltd.
      2081 Oxford St. E.
      London, Ont.
      (519) 451-9920
      Philosophy Learned: Flexibility is everything.
      Tasks Performed: Develop custom electronic products from concept to first-
                    run production
                           Develop and implement web marketing for 8 different
                             Manage inventory levels for Prototyping Lab
                             Purchase components and track deliveries for Prototyping
and Production
                           Organize and direct Production team
                           Manage/develop relations with suppliers
                           Provide technical customer support as Technical Liason
                           General office duties, conflict resolution, task prioritization
      Skills Developed: Time management.
       Sept. '90 to Oct. '94: Automotive Detailer
       Expressway Motors
       Highway 7&8 at Peel St.
       New Hamburg, Ont.
       Philosophy Learned: Don't work hard; work smart.
       Tasks Performed: Manage daily operations of Detailing Department
                              Maintain inventory levels
                              Manage cleanliness of lot fleet and outgoing vehicles
                              Manage and train new personnel as required
       Skill Developed: Personal quality control.

       Dec. '88 to Sept. '95: Head Clerk, Electronics Department
       K.W. Surplus
       666 Victoria St. N.
       Kitchener, Ont.
       (519) 744-6660
       Philosophy Learned: You don't know what someone else knows until you ask.
       Tasks Performed: Manage daily operations of Electronics Department,
                              Assess and value incoming surplus stock
                              Perform customer service duties (returns, exchanges,
                              Develop and maintain marketing equipment & displays as
       Skill Developed: Serving three people at once.

    May '94 to Jan '96: Contemporary Accounting
    National Radio Institute
    4401 Conneticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC
    Graduated with Highest Honours (91% avg.)

       March '93 to May '94: Professional Course in Microcomputer Technology
       National Radio Institute
       4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW
       Washington DC
       Graduated with Highest Honours (92% avg.)

       '80-'84: Grade 12 General Level Diploma
       Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School
       RR2 Baden, Ont.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:           1996 - Present: Hobby business manufacturing wire art
                        1999 - Present: Member of a Middle-Ages history Re-
enactment group
                          1991 - 1996: Owned & Operated a networked computer
                  bulletin board on the largest             amateur network in
                  the world, a precursor to the Internet

REFERENCES: Available upon request
                              Jerry Penner
          77 Arnold St      New Hamburg, Ont. N3A 2C6                519-662-4009

Greetings, and welcome to my first interview!

You can't really get to know someone by looking at a resume. Where a person worked
and what they did doesn't tell you how well they will fit in with your organization. What
you really need is to pan through all the gravel to get to the gold and start interviews so
you can find that one person who fills the position the best.

Interviews take time however, and I'd like to save you some. You'll get through this one
in about 5 minutes, saving yourself a half-hour in-person interview. In 5 minutes you'll
know more about how I'd fit into your organization than all the other candidates in your
inbox combined.

The following are the 15 most common questions employers ask potential employees in a
first interview:

1. Describe your ideal job and/or boss.

Show me the problems, show me the tools, tell me where I can find out how it’s been
done in the past, and let me do the job. You may be amazed at the new ways I’ve found to
do the same thing for less money, time, and effort.

2. Why are you looking for a job? Why are leaving your current position?

The people are great, the job is perfect, the money is fair, but the company has reworked
its marketing strategy and it doesn’t include an engineering and management staff. It
sounds odd, doesn’t it? It didn’t make sense to me that a business manufacturing such a
fast-changing product as electronic hardware can exist for very long without an R&D
department. Somebody, somewhere is going to manufacture the same products
better/faster/cheaper than what currently exists, making current products obsolete and
killing the business. I fought the boss hard on this one but it’s his business and he carries
the final decision.

3. What unique experience or qualifications separate you from other candidates?

I think sideways. You can't learn this in an educational institution, you either have it or
you don't. You can learn to cultivate it, and I've been lucky to work for folks who have
allowed me to do that. Case in point: this interview. It’s not about me, it’s about you.
4. Tell me about yourself.

For work experience and training, see my attached resume. You can also find it online at
In my spare time I manufacture wire art and wire art-related products. There’s no money
in it, but it does allow me to test marketing strategies for hard-to-sell products, making
me a better marketer.
I’m also a member of the SCA, an international Middle-Ages history re-enactment group.
While I don’t fight for the Crown, I do provide armouring services for those that do.
For other personal information, let's talk about that in person. When shall we meet?

5. What are your weaknesses?

Others will answer this question by telling you they work too hard or that they can’t lie.
This is an evasive answer that won't fool anyone over the age of 10 and I'm not going to
insult you by answering like that. Once I know more about your company and you learn
more about me, my strengths and weaknesses with reference to the position in question
will become apparent. Until then my weakness is Skittles, original flavours with all the
orange ones removed. I could eat a hundred pounds of them.

6. Describe some of your most important career accomplishments.

Working as an Electronic Design Engineer for D.G. Henderson & Associates without
having an engineering degree. During the interview the president saw something of
himself in me; bright, motivated by pursuit of knowledge, and a desire to learn whatever
is necessary to complete the task at hand. He was able to look past the piece of paper and
see the guy in front of him and recognize he had a quality man sitting there. This has
served me well, and I have developed products ranging from wristwatch-sized pill
reminders to a turn-key radio station that doesn't require FCC or CRTC approval. Oh, yes,
and ask me about the Arctic Touchpad. I'm particularly proud of that one.

While washing cars for Expressway Ford in New Hamburg I saw how bottlenecks were
occurring in vehicle deliveries. About 90% of deliveries were being scheduled on the 2
days preceding and 2 days following the last day of the month. By keeping a delivery
schedule calendar in the business office where the deals are finalized and limiting the
deliveries to 4 cars/day, I was able to quadruple the number of deliveries possible without
increasing the staff count, increase the quality of cleanliness of the vehicles, and reduce
my overall workload at the same time.

7. What are your short-term/long-term goals?
Short term:    Live modestly and well, and have fun.
Long term:     Retire comfortably so that I can pursue art.

8. Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging situation and how you
handled it.

Every time I set up a booth at a trade or craft show selling my wire art I am faced with a
challenging situation: sell enough product to cover the cost of the booth, the cost of the
materials, and go home with more money than I came with.

In order to do this I have to look at what kind of show I'm attending and what the crowd
demographic is expected to be. Based on this I set up my tables, lighting, and arrange my
wares in such a way that the perceived target market will be aware of them instantly. As
the show progresses I watch traffic patterns, actual demographics, and adjust as
necessary. For example if more people are coming from the right than the left, I'll angle
my displays so they can be better seen when approaching from the right.

At one particular outdoor event I knew the demographic was limited in funds and
preferred DIY kits as opposed to finished product and featured the appropriate items
prominently. Over the course of the show the wind picked up a number of the display
tents and tossed them about. I got out my Super Duper Tent Pegs and displayed them at
the front of my booth. This product was responsible for turning a losing proposition into a
money-making show.

9. What are your salary requirements?

Here's an offer that'll get your attention: Hire me for 4 weeks at $9.00/hour and see if you
like me. If you find that I'm not the kind of person you're looking for we shake hands and
part ways, no hard feelings. If you *do* like what I can do for you, we negotiate a real
wage. I'm not greedy but I do want to live comfortably above the poverty line, pay my
mortgage, cover the cost of travel to and from work, and occasionally buy myself a toy.

10. Why are you interested in this position? Our company?

Statistics indicate that 80% of the job market is hidden; the vast majority of positions are
unadvertised. Some companies prefer to take in resumes and filter through them as they
come instead of actively seeking new people. My strategy is to take advantage of this
hidden market. If you are the kind of person who looks for an individual instead of a set
of diplomas and qualifications, I want to work for you and I’ll do a dang good job.
11. What would your former boss/colleagues say about you?

Excellent worker, professional, bright, a team player willing to work independently,
strong communication skills, excellent motivation, loyal, superb ability to find solutions.

12. What are the best and worst aspects of your previous job?

Best: I could come into work a few minutes early or late and not get any grief over it as
long as the job gets done. The boss was more interested in seeing the work completed
right and on time rather than seeing me at my desk by a particular tick of the clock.
        The place was small enough that everybody knew everybody else's job and could
switch at a moment's notice.
        The boss shared his vision of where the companies were going. This helped us to
see his goals and work towards them.

Worst: The occasional requirement to perform monotonous production tasks. I can only
perform the same six moves for so long before I need to do something else.

13. What do you know about our company?

Before I contact any company I do a bit of research. Yours sounds like it’s been around
for awhile and isn’t going to dissolve any time soon, is of a size I like, and deals with cool
and exciting products.

14. What motivates you? How do you motivate others?

I'm not motivated by money. As long as I have enough to pay all of my bills and pay for
the occasional toy, I'm happy.
I found that I much prefer to work for the fun than the money. If a job isn't fun, no
amount of cash compensation will make up for it. What kind of job is fun? Something
that's different every day. Give me some regular tasks, some "fires" to put out, some
fillers and let me deal with them as required.

How do I motivate others? It's selling. Find out what they like, what they want, and
broker a deal. Simple things like praise for a job well done, no matter how small, is
always a morale booster and doesn't cost me anything. Admitting I was wrong can also be
a morale booster, and again it doesn't cost me anything. Nobody's right every time.

I prefer to lead from within instead of from behind. If I have to get dirty on the shop floor
to view or solve a problem, I’ll do it. I won’t ask anyone to do something that I’m not
prepared to do myself.
15. Are you willing to relocate?

I rather like where I am, but I've been known to drive for more than an hour to get to work
each day. Relocation is an option that I'd be willing to discuss on a case by case basis.
What are you offering?

If you've gotten this far, you’ve earned lunch on me. No kidding. Contact me at, or 519-662-4009, mention the Lunch Offer and we’ll make

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