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I just have to chime in on this thread. Three of my best references
have had the nerve to say to prospective employers, when asked to
describe my weaknesses --"She doesn't suffer fools easily. She's very
hard on employees who don't do their jobs."
When I read that, I cringed and thought to myself "how am I ever going
to get hired with references like that?"
But when my CFO called me, she aid my references were excellent. Go
figure. It's hard to tell what specific employers will value.
Sometimes what looks like "difficult" from a colleague's view is
admirable from an employer's perspective, and sometimes "difficult is
just difficult. The ad director who refuses to meet production
timelines because he/she has some animosity for the project manager is a
hazard. And sometimes the project manager who ramrods projects through
an agency is a pain in the collective butt. Relationships take work and
managing cooperative projects takes experience, talent, and humor.
But all of life is a process toward understanding. Ain't it time for
> > On 11/15/00 10:59 PM, David Demyan (dbdemyan -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net) wrote:
> > >As a recruiter, I **always** check postings and archives when hiring.
> > >On the assumption that the rude ones would give my clients a hard time,
> > >I don't consider them.
> > Ruling out candidates because they're rude is like keeping an excellent
> > doctor away from your tumor because of his lousy bedside manner. A good
> > writing candidate is good for reasons other than personality. I have
> > encountered many very nice, polite people who were lousy technical
> > writers. Great people to have lunch with, though.
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