This Resume With Errors Led To A Job Of A Lifetime

Image provided by loneysandwich on Flickr.comCareer and job-search experts often caution job seekers to proof their resumes and make sure there aren't any typos. But recently, Marco Arment (pictured, right, at a laptop), who was Tumblr founder David Karp's first hire, posted to his blog the resume that he used back in 2006 to get a job at the microblogging social network. His resume was ordinary -- and contained errors. "I'm embarrassed that I didn't know to use en dashes for the year ranges," he wrote. (He used hyphens and em dashes instead. The full resume is posted below.)

The minor flub was, of course, no reflection of Arment's programming abilities. The rest of his just- revealed 7-year-old resume is chock-full of programming credentials basically unintelligible to anyone outside the field. And the website he helped create, and spent four years working at, Tumblr, was bought last month by Yahoo for $1.1 billion. For his part, he claimed that he isn't making "yacht-and-helicopter money from the acquisition." But according to PrivCo, a New York-based research firm that tracks the venture capital industry, the average payout for Tumblr's first employees is around $6.2 million each, though he likely will earn more as Karp's first employee. (In total, Tumblr has 178 employees.)

In addition to his em dash problem, Arment challenges other resume conventions with his 2006 CV. The resume that he submitted to Karp was two pages long, which as career coach Robyn Feldberg told AOL Jobs, is only appropriate if you have "more than 15 years of experience." Arment, however, used his two-pager just two years after graduating from Allegheny College with a degree in computer science.

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Interestingly, Arment's 2006 resume is also noteworthy because it's so ordinary. The digital star employed no flashy gimmicks in his attempt to woo Karp. That strategy stands in contrast with other memorable resumes that have been reported on by AOL Jobs.

Marco Arment, the Incredible
Of course, Arment's rise may be proof-positive that tech startups aren't as strict about resume and other job-application conventions. And recently, Arment's star has risen thanks to his success in the digital marketplace. In just the past five weeks alone, Arment has seen three startups that he helped create be bought out for millions, Business Insider reports. The two other startups that he helped create after leaving Tumblr in 2010, and which sold in April, are:
  • Instapaper -- bought by Betaworks, which also owns Digg. Arment was the majority stakeholder the online "read later" tool he created in 2010 to help readers index webpages they want to save for later reading. The terms of the acquisition have not been released, but Business Insider speculates Arment made millions.
  • The Magazine -- bought by its executive editor Glenn Fleishman. Arment created the The Magazine last October as a subscription-backed biweekly web magazine covering electronics. The terms of that deal have also not been disclosed, but soon after its launch, the "popular" publication was already delivering a "healthy return" for Arment, according to PR Newswire.

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Arment's Rise
For his part, Arment says that he was able to succeed at Tumblr because he hit it off early with his boss. "David and I were like-minded in prioritizing user-, geek-, and designer-friendly needs," he wrote on his blog.

Writing elsewhere on his blog, the mild-mannered and yacht-less Arment couldn't help but recognize the reality of his recent successes. Reacting to the recent buyout of "The Magazine," he wrote, "I know: this is getting ridiculous."

Marco Arment 2006 resume

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December 19 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Article is bad example of resume etiquette.... i also agree that the job coach that believes that a 2 page resume is the magic length for people under 15 years is dead wrong - obviously they are old school and stuck in the 80's.....

First off, the resume content looks good, presents well and while it wouldn't have made it pass the screen stage for a top tier consulting firm like Mckinsey or Bain - most other places would have focused on his tech experience rather than his grammar which is that bad.... Also when hires are made for startups, founders look for doers and obviously Marco impressed him as a doer.....

So please do not use this article as an excuse to not spell check your resumes or cover letters -

June 11 2013 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You have to wait 15 years before its acceptable to have a 2 page resume?! I would have fired that career coach a long time ago.

June 06 2013 at 4:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

slow news day?

June 06 2013 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan P. Joyce

Not sure I agree that this resume is "ordinary."

* It's chock full of keywords - exactly the right keywords for this opportunity, obviously.
* Love the net-savvy email address -!
* And it has a great "Profile" summary at the top, which stands out very nicely below the contact info and the name - excellent use of prime resume real estate. Much better than an "Objective: challenging opportuitty with a dynamic technology company where I can utilize my education [blah, blah, blah]..."!

I'd say it was an excellent resume, and he got the results he wanted.

June 06 2013 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dang, he sure is well rounded in the "geek" !

June 06 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

A piece of paper have changed a lot of lives

June 06 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ectullis's comment

Especially the paper with the President's pictures on them. Even though he wasn't a President, Ben Franklin was one of our founding father's and I like his pic the best!

June 06 2013 at 12:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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