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New Local DC News Startup TBD: Your Resume Isn’t Getting Lost, But If You Spelled It “RSUM” We Might Have Thrown It Out

Searching for a job at You and eight hundred others.

And incredibly, despite the hundreds of websites offering free, not-that-bad resume advice and the probably thousands of people who will take a look at your application package for a reasonable fee, and despite the fact that most of the people applying for these jobs are probably reasonably intelligent, college-educated people, many of these applications are still not up to par.

TBD’s Julie Westfall is tweeting some of the applicants’ worst mistakes with the hashtag #resumetip.

Do people really do this?

And in regards to this post’s title, apparently one poor applicant had a text encoding problem and his/her “é”s turned into blanks. That led Westfall to tweet: “It went downhill when you spelled resume ‘rsum.’” Another reminder of the utmost importance of proofreading and double-checking.

Westfall says that they are not letting any resume slip through the cracks. Instead, “at least one person with a say has taken a look at it.”

But if you spelled it “RSUM” you’re probably not getting the job.

Update: Of course, nobody’s perfect. Westfall’s own online resume has “n”s where there should be bullet points, at least on our computer. But that didn’t stop her from getting her new gig.

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Jim Brady’s New Site Has A Name, And It’s TBD

The new local news site headed by executive editor Jim Brady and edited by former City Paper editor Erik Wemple has a name. It’s TBD.

Lest this turn into a wretched version of “Who’s On First?” we’ll just spill the beans: the new site is named

The site has a welcome message up right now, which explains:
“The traditional news culture is that you don’t publish or broadcast a story until all the questions are answered, all the t’s crossed and i’s dotted. The evening newscast or morning newspaper is presented as a finished product, the culmination of a day’s work for the news staff.

“But TBD will never be a finished product. On the web, on mobile devices and on our 24-hours cable news channel, we’ll always be in motion: constantly updating, improving and evolving; seeking more details, reaction or community conversation.”

Brady tweeted the announcement a few hours ago.

TBD is apparently going to launch with a staff of 50. Currently working at TBD besides Brady: Erik Wemple, Lisa Rowan, Mandy Jenkins, Julie Westfall, Jeff Sonderman, and Daniel Victor