RE: length of service--how often to change jobs

Subject: RE: length of service--how often to change jobs
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 13:18:09 -0400

For the record (hi co-worker or boss), I never mentioned this was connected
to resumes, though I can see how easy it is to draw that conclusion.

I can demonstrate excellent reasoning for my shifts and can get excellent
references from any of my previous employers, no bridges burnt there.

A functional resume, while we're on the subject, is a nice thing but you
immediately get asked to submit an employment history and, from a hiring
perspective, you become concerned that the potential employee is trying to
hide periods of unemployment for evil purposes <vbg>.




Sean Brierley
Lead Technical Writer

Jenzabar, Inc.
One Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
tel: 860-728-6777 x211
fax: 860-247-0249
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

Adobe® Certified Expert
Quadralay WebWorks® Wizard

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan W. Gallagher [SMTP:susanwg -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com]
> >Can somebody point me to ...the average time a tech
> >writer spends at one job, in the computer software industry...
> >
> > track record is 2.5 years. Somebody called me on
> >it ...
> Sounds about average to me, and as a hiring manager, I
> wouldn't bat an eyelash. Personally, I've been in the
> software industry since 1983, and except for one job
> that lasted almost 5 years, all of my jobs have lasted
> two years or less. Even the company who called me on
> my short-tenured positions and told me they wanted
> me to stay forever laid me off in 18 months! ;-)
> If you're uncomfortable with the number of positions
> that show on your resume, switch to a functional rather
> than chronological format. Then prospective employers
> will never be able to tell how long you've held any of
> your jobs.


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