Threesology Research Journal
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(The Study of Threes)

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3 Types of Resume

There are three types of resume most commonly described:


    The Chronological Resume is the most traditional method of summarizing your employment information and it is the one that this guide advocates. Its key feature is the fact that it arranges your work experience chronologically and usually elaborates on skills and accomplishments within the body copy of the Work Experience section. Its weakness is the fact that it can't help you hide a recent position you'd rather forget you ever accepted.


    The Functional Resume differs from the Chronological Resume in the way it presents information. Unlike a Chronological Resume which leaves you vulnerable to gaps in your work history, the Functional Resume can help you hide a past position that you'd rather forget. The Functional Resume's key feature is the fact that it highlights your skills and achievements without referring those skills to any particular past position. For this reason, the Functional Resume is a favorite with people who have something to hide. This is a very good reason for not using the format if your past Work Experience is nothing to be ashamed of as recruiters/interviewers will be aware of the benefits of a Functional Resume as well.

  3. COMBINATION RESUME (Transition Resume)

    ...Combines the best features of both of the former (though that does not necessarily make it better) by allowing applicants to highlight their skills and accomplishments in one section and their Work History in another (minus descriptive details). My personal dislike for this form stems from the fact that it is harder to picture exactly how the person's skills fit with their experience. It requires the employer to be a detective to some extent, and with a mass of resumes on their desk, chances are they'll give up before they have a positive picture of your abilities.

--- ABA Staffing Career Guide ---
(Types of Resumes Available To You)

3 Myths Of Law Enforcement
by A. Shemonia:

  1. "WE SERVE AND PROTECT"- This myth is created to help perpetuate the dependency society has for police. It is logistically impossible for police to protect individual members in society. Police departments around the world do not have the resources to act as personal bodyguards for everyone. And most citizens don't have the resources to afford a public, much less a private bodyguard. So the problem of protection falls upon the individual.
  2. "WE ARE A DETERRENT TO CRIME"- Although throwing a particular convict in prison is in fact an immediate deterrent for that individual, the overall crime rate has steadily increased in proportion to the population. Crime can only be properly studied by looking at a 20 year time frame and in fact crime has remained at a constant rate throughout man's history, with or with out an organized police force.
  3. "OUR JOB IS DANGEROUS, WE LAY OUR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY"- This one goes beyond myth, this is a flat out lie. Police work is one of the safest jobs around. I know if I where a cop I would be real safe driving around with a M16, a 12 GA pump shotgun, a 45 ACP, a baton, pepper spray, restraint devices, a belt full of ammo and a small paramilitary gang to back me up in case of trouble.

...The fact is cops kill 3 citizens for every cop that gets killed. The workmen's compensation rate for police is a mere $5 per $100, the rate for electricians is about $45 per $100, and for carpenters it is $50 per $100. There is a reason for this. When a cop does get shot it's because they shot themselves. In 1996, 45 cops died as result of gun accidents while on duty.

--- The 3 Myths of Law Enforcement ---

Three Multipliers displayed on business billboard (signs) in the state of Nevada in the U.S. related to gambling: 3X - 5X - 10X. Instead of winning money, directly, a player wins points that can be redeemed for whatever is being offered by the gambling business such as food, money, etc... For example, a person winning 10 points at a given time might multiply the 10 time 3,5, or 10.

3 Factors for Giving Real RecognitionTM
by Roy Saunderson:

3 Recognition Factors
  1. Skills Factor

    Many companies and organizations make good investment of time and money in providing training in interpersonal and other communication skills essential for effective recognition giving.
  2. Awareness Factor

    To even get to the Skills Factor stage, one must be aware of the importance of recognizing one's employees as a key element to increasing employee satisfaction. Many organizations are so focused on bottom-line results they neglect the very people that make it possible for them to be successful.
  3. Values Factor

    Few organizations make the commitment to align recognition initiatives with the philosophy and strategy of the organization. Yet it is the values, the beliefs and driving force behind why things happen, that will ignite the spark behind a successful recognition process.

--- Recognition Management Institute ---

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Rule of Threes

Here's an elegant approach to creating a buzz -- that highly sought-after "word of mouth" that marketers prize above all things. It resonates with everything I know about successful marketing, and it's a keystone of the Authentic Promotion process.

Here it is in brief:

  1. Consider the new result or outcome you want to manifest. For example, a successful coach might wish to develop a speaking business.
  2. Consider the way you need to be perceived in the world in order to create that result.
  3. Create three messages about you that are true and that, if widely known, would bring about this result.

For example:

  • I love to get folks excited about marketing, especially people who think they dislike it.
  • I have material for keynotes, workshops, and seminars on marketing for professionals.
  • I bridge the gap between meaning and prosperity and I do it with a sense of humor.
  • Choose three venues or media in which to "place" these messages. Extending the above example, you might choose from among the following:

  • An email newsletter
  • Face to face networking events
  • Press releases
  • Free monthly marketing seminar
  • Articles you send to professional associations to use in their newsletters
  • Place the messages at least three times in each venue/media within three months.

The Rule of Threes prescribes simple, specific steps that result in a buzz that will, ultimately, establish you as the person you need to be in the public eye to get the results you want. It requires that you really BE this person, so it is important to reflect carefully as you craft the messages you will disseminate.

Now's a perfect time to craft your own Rule of Threes project for the coming year. What results do you want to manifest in 2003? Who do you need to be in order to manifest them? Where and how will you declare yourself to be this person?

A final caveat: the Rule of Threes is a process of seeding new realities. It is important to allow time for the seeds to sprout and develop healthy new growth. Expect results four to five months after you begin the process. Your best results are likely to come from friends of friends of people who encountered your messages first hand.

[I learned about The Rule of Three's from Kim Krisco's book "Leadership and the Art of Conversation." It is out of print, but well worth looking for in used bookstores.]

--- The Rule of Threes ---

3 Wives: FREDERICK II (1194-1250). King of Germany, Sicily, and Jerusalem; crowned Holy Roman emperor in 1220.

Three-part consideration for historians (by Josiah Ober):

For the past to be made accessible as a heuristic device, it must be ordered: Each individual must, at a given time, "anoint" certain models by granting them explanatory primacy. Professional historians normally take (or at least attempt to take) control of the ordering/anointing process because (inter alia):

  1. They themselves are called upon to explain the past in ways that will seem meaningful to non-professionals (e.g. in undergraduate lectures) and they recognize their social obligation to provide a reasoned assessment.
  2. They feel that they have a proprietary disciplinary interest in controlling interpretations of the past.
  3. They have a rational desire, based in part on self-interest, in seeing that interpretations of the past used by (for example) politicians are based on the highest possible standards of honesty and rigor.

--- Models and Paradigms in Ancient History ---
(Ancient History Bulletin 3.6, 1989)

Third party research and advice independent of any bias of Wall Street analysts is said to be offered by Investment newsletters.

3 attempts to log-on to a workplace computer is a common standard used by many companies. If a person fails to give the correct name and/or password their access to the computer's link to company information will be denied and a message may be displayed on the computer screen which directs the person to contact the company's computer technician ("Help Desk") for assistance.

3 minutes or less is said to be the average phone call length.

3 lights must be green in order for PCH (Publisher's Clearing House) internet sweepstakes entry to be completed. (2011)

3 doors are offered to choose from by PCH in order to choose how much money might be won in its sweepstakes. (2011-2012)

  • 3, 2, or 1 (external) door refrigerators, trucks, and vans is a standard in the U.S. (Yes, I am aware that some vehicles may have more than 3 external doors such in the case of some vans with two front doors, two side doors which may include a rear hatch.)
  • 3 inches apart is sometimes suggested for the distance between candles in order that the heat from one doesn't melt the one next to it.
  • 3 in number is the quantity of rolled tacos that have been observed to occur as a frequency.

3 inmates who were part of the death "scenario":

  1. Christopher Scarver (Jeffrey Dahmer's killer).
  2. Jesse Anderson (Beaten to death by Christopher Scarver).
  3. Jeffrey Dahmer (Beaten to death by Christopher Scarver).

3 minutes long is considered to be the approximate length of most popular songs.

Here is somewhat of a humorous reason given for the recurrence of this length:

Once upon a time, sound was recorded on what looked like a black wax toilet paper tube. Then a Canadian (!) invented a thing that looked like a black shellac pizza. For about 60 years, until the early '50s, to fit a whole song on one side of the 78 rpm pizza, it had to be from three to four minutes long. Seven-inch 45 rpm disks of the early rock and roll era could barely hold three minutes of music on a side. Tape recording and 33 1/3 rpm LPs changed the amount of uninterrupted sound that could be packed onto a vinyl pizza, but years of 78 and 45 rpm radio play had made three minutes the pop standard. Jazz and the classics benefited most from the LP revolution. But look on the bright side. Through most of the 1970s, it was a good thing that we could count on a pop song ending quickly. And it's generally true that when the mold is broken, we all suffer. Consider "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which I've always believed was the longest song ever recorded.

--- Straight From The Hip ---

3 partitions (and 3-part organized sub-divisions) in the so-called 5 paragraph structure:

1st partition Introductory Paragraph

General Topic Sentence

  1. Subtopic One
  2. Subtopic Two
  3. Subtopic Three


2nd partition
First Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic One

  1. First Supporting Detail or Example
  2. Second Supporting Detail or Example
  3. Third Supporting Detail or Example


Second Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic Two

  1. First Supporting Detail or Example
  2. Second Supporting Detail or Example
  3. Third Supporting Detail or Example


Third Supporting Paragraph

Restate Subtopic Three

  1. First Supporting Detail or Example
  2. Second Supporting Detail or Example
  3. Third Supporting Detail or Example


3rd Partition
Closing or Summary Paragraph

Synthesis of main topic

  1. Synthesis of Subtopic One
  2. Synthesis of Subtopic Two
  3. Synthesis of Subtopic Three

--- The Five Paragraph Essay ---

Three-patterned 'Power Writing' helps build skills:

...Once they understand the connecting relationship, (Fourth grade teacher) Kingston Raycraft's students are then asked to develop whole sentences and paragraphs in a similar fashion.

  1. The first sentence of a paragraph, described as a number one, lists the main idea or focus.
  2. The second, number two, provides supporting details only about the first sentence.
  3. A number three sentence elaborates only about the supporting details provided in a number two sentence.

A common numerical scheme for a paragraph would be 1-2-3-2-3-1.

  • --- The first number one would be the main idea of the paragraph.
  • --- Both number twos would refer only to that main idea.
  • --- The two number threes would elaborate on supporting details listed in the previous number two.
  • --- The final number one would restate the main idea and ensure the entire paragraph is tight and focused.

"Once the kids learn how to do this," Raycraft said, "they can come up with a main idea and then they're home free. It just keeps them focused; and it works."

--- 'Power Writing' helps build skills ---
By: Brian Griesbach, Times Reporter

Third position is reserved for the punchline in comedic terms such as a joke:

To illustrate:

Past Present Futile
1 2 3

The first two words set up an expectation broken by the third.

We live on the third planet from the sun.

Sun Mercury Venus Earth
1st planet 2nd planet 3rd planet

Our earth is the punchline in some Great Cosmic Joke, only we seem to be too close to the joke to get it - we think, act and behave as if this life is a tragedy; the bulk of the light humor zooming right over our heads.

--- The Great Cosmic Joke ---

Three = Yellow in numerology. Yellow means: slow down and proceed with caution. However, in journalism, the colour yellow, as in "yellow journalism", publishers exploit their position with sensational exaggerations as news reporting. Yellow is also the colour of the banana peel.

Atomic Number Three - Lithium deuteride is the explosive material of the hydrogen bomb and may eventually be the fuel of controlled fusion reactors. There is great power in three.

Three rocket stages - the number of stages of a rocket necessary to best achieve orbit (shockwave required, very large download) for heavy loads.

Triangulate - a way using X, Y, and Z values, of determining surface features or one's exact location on an oblate spheroid (like Earth, silly). Triangulations have the property that the circumcircle of any triangle in the triangulation contains no other vertices in its interior, interpolated values are only computed from nearby points. AND triangles have three sides.

Rule of Three formula for determining a patient's "confidence intervals" following a medical procedure (a confidence interval is a range of values for a statistical estimate that quantifies the uncertainty caused by sampling error). If you observe n patients, and none of these patients have an adverse event, then a 95% confidence interval for the probability of an adverse event goes from zero to 3/n.- Children's Mercy Hospital

Three-Rule Mechanisms of Joke Structure

(Adapted from:

--- Greg Dean's College of Comedy Knowledge ---):

  1. Decoy- The misdirecting assumption in a joke's setup which creates the 1st story and is shattered by the reinterpretation.
  2. Reinterpretation- An unexpected meaning or function of the connector that shatters the decoy assumption.
  3. Connector- At the center of a joke, the one thing perceived in at least two ways. One way of perceiving it constitutes the decoy assumption; the second way of perceiving it reveals the reinterpretation.

3 sequence beginning, middle end...

There is something magical about "threes" in dramatic and comedic structure. A joke, too, has a beginning, a middle and an end, even if it's only two lines. " -Bob Shayne

"Rule of Three" in comparativism: Tone test, Text comparison, Verb acquisition.

Rule of Three in US Federal Hiring: requires managers to select new employees from among the top three available candidates referred to them.

--- The Great Cosmic Joke ---
The Rule of Threes

3 items of Emergency Preparedness encouraged by the U.S. government (2003) during its present Era of manipulating the public to see the world through its myopic vision by perpetuating a "Terrorist" climate of hyper-vigilance, and that some observers think is just a Corporate-sponsored- Government-sanctioned ploy to increase the profits of certain Industries during times of economic slow down due to the public's refusal to purchase excesses, whereby it must be forced to do so through the use of scare tactics:

  1. Food (Agriculture, Can/Bottle/Package manufacturing, Food distribution, Dry goods Industries).
  2. Water (Beverage, Bottle/Container manufacturing, Distribution Industries).
  3. Medicine (Pharmacies, Distribution centers, Pharmaceutical Industries).

Three astronaut crews were hosted by the United States' first space station, the larger Skylab, which went into orbit in 1973 and was abandoned in 1974.

3 (first) occupants of the Space Station move in October 31, 2000 move in by riding a cramped Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a five-month test flight:

  1. Bill Shepherd
  2. Yuri Gidzenko
  3. Sergei Krikalev

  • Jan. 25, 1984: President Ronald Reagan directs NASA to build a space station within a decade and invites other nations to join the effort. NASA estimates cost of station to be $8 billion. (Station is projected to be completed in 2006. NASA is to spend about $26.1 billion on the space station, which is 3 times the initial cost proposal.)
  • September 1997: After three years of insisting it could build the International Space Station for $17.4 billion, NASA concedes it cannot.
  • April 15, 1998: Chabrow Report concludes space station has only 70-30 chance of being built for $26 billion and would be up to three years late.
--- Space Station Timeline ---

Three binary millisecond pulsars discovered in circular orbits with low-mass companions from a continuing survey of the southern sky with the Parkes radio telescope:

Pulsar Type J0034-0534 J1045-4509 J2145-0750
Pulse Period 1.87 ms 7.47 ms 16.05 ms
Orbital Period 1.6 days 4.1 days 6.8 days

PSR J2145-0750 has a spin-down age of approx 12 Gyr, which raises interesting questions about its progenitor and initial pulse period.

--- Discovery of Three Binary Millisecond Pulsars ---

Three Japanese Suicide planes crashed into the sides of the USS BUSH in 1944, which caused the ship to meet its end during the final campaign of the war as it stood picket duty ahead of the Okinawa invasion forces.

--- USS Bush (DD 529) ---

Three incompatible formats presently available (2003) with respect to the recording and storage of data on DVD discs:

  1. DVD-RAM - DVD-RAM is offered by Matsushita, and discs recorded in this format can't be read on a DVD-ROM drive.

  2. DVD-RW - The DVD-RW (Read from the disc/ Write to the disc) developed by Pioneer is the most popular recording standard.
  3. DVD+RW -The DVD+RW is the youngest format which lacks for many drawbacks of the DVD-RW but it's still not widespread among disc makers. (DVD+R discs were announced just a little ago and it's hard to forecast their prices and availability for the near future.)

DVD-R and DVD-RW are not expensive. Besides, for production of DVD-R media it is enough to modernize a CD-R production line. The DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are approved by the DVD Forum. The best advantage of DVD+R/RW discs is that they are compatible with most of consumer DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.

--- DVD+RW Drives Roundup ---

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