RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: tvirostko -at- familydollar -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 14:12:49 -0500


As much as I can appreciate the 'take me for what I am' approach to job
hunting, <G> I can't understand how a technical writer, who knows he has to
write for the user's understanding in a technical document, can apply a
different standard on something as important as a reume. As I see it, the
same method should apply: write for your reader.

Now, I'm NOT condoning ANY misinformation on a resume. A fibs a fibs whether
it's a white lie or not. However, the emphasis placed on previous work
experience can change from resume to resume. If I'm applying at a software
company, any experience I had in the software field should take center

'The reader of resumes are a lazy lot.' (Direct quote from a former HR
manager.) And after learning this valuable concept, I knew *I* had to do the
work for them. Rather than forcing them to work (and possibly losing the
job) I did the work for them and presented the information in my resume in
such a way as to easily provide the information they needed to hire me.

If it's true for technical documents, why wouldn't it be true for a resume?
Write for the reader.

Tony Virostko
IT Technical Writer
Family Dollar Store, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Posada [SMTP:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
> Some of us don't have more than one version. My resume is what I am,
> all five pages. I cannot be different things (though I can DO
> different things), so I cannot have different resumes. Besides...I am
> a product of my past positions. I learn from each one and I'm changed
> by each one. Only by seeing what I've done can I explain or justify
> why I do things the way I do.

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