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Subject:Re: Am I employable? From:Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com> To:tf -at- malcolmsmith -dot- net Date:Mon, 13 Mar 2000 09:05:29 -0600
Find a GOOD recruiter/headhunter, Tom, tell the person you have some great
skills but a terrible resume, and need help redesigning it. Ask this person if
he/she'd be willing to work with you.
This is where you need to cultivate contacts. A good recruiter/headhunter will
know the things clients look for on a resume and can help you design one that
highlights your skill set.
And figure out how to use the tools!!!
tf -at- malcolmsmith -dot- net wrote:
> Howdy List,
> This is my first post, so take it easy on me! Maybe you guys can provide some
> insight about what I need to finally land that tech writing job.
> - I have a BA in Technical Writing
> - I have decent computer skills: I maintain a website that I
> hand-coded, I've written a few scripts, I use Linux.
> - I'm a pretty good writer in general (though rusty at the moment)
> - I'm an all-around great guy :-)
> I'm sure the employers on this list are just chomping at the bit. Here are
> some "problem areas":
> - My resume is terrible. It's old, has nothing but coursework and unrelated
> experience on it.
> - I don't really know the tools. FrameMaker? Ack. Word? Haven't messed
> with a Microsoft product in a while...
> - The skills I have, I can't easily define.
> If I get any response from this post, I suspect it will be of a "you can't get
> there from here" variety--but I thought I'd throw it out there, anyway.