How to Write a Résumé … in 1940


To enlarge the résumé text, click once on the image. Twice for further magnification.


The year: 1940. My father’s (Deane* Gunderson) résumé most likely played at least a small part in his landing a job with the John Deere Tractor Company in Waterloo, Iowa. He was an engineer for John Deere from 1940-1945.

Can you imagine the looks on the faces of human resources personnel if this résumé came across their desks in this day and age? Forget the looks. What about the potential law suits if in 2011 they did hire him…or if they didn’t?!!!

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*My father’s legal first name is “Deane.” For a while he dropped the last letter and went by “Dean.”

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)


2 Responses to “How to Write a Résumé … in 1940”

  1. Sue Reigelsberger Says:

    Mick and I really enjoyed this!! Deane had a pilot’s license?? That is something we never knew. Kaitlin will graduate from UNI in May with a Finance degree. I think of how many times she has updated her resume. I haven’t done one since 1986!! I think I will need some help in the future 🙂

  2. Says:

    Louise: I would hire your dad in a minute even today. Notice, he graduated from Rolfe High School, that is good for me. I am sorry to say today’s graduate will never measure even close to your dad. He had great common sense, that doesn’t exist anymore. John Deere was lucky to hire him.

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