RE: Applying On-Line

Subject: RE: Applying On-Line
From: "Glenn Maxey" <glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 08:53:00 -0700

If you have the ability to create a PDF (created from Word), then you
pretty much can cover all of the bases. Word can export to TXT (although
don't send it without tweaking it first.)

If they make no requests about what format they want, I'd send them the
PDF. Although viruses are possible, they aren't as easy to come by as a
Word macro virus. Moreover, PDF preserves the document as you intend it.
If the receiver doesn't have your fonts or your set-up, your Word
document can get real ugly and mangled.

I'm rather anal about consistent use of styles in Word. Surprisingly,
we've recently received several resumes from applicants who re-defined
the normal style multiple times as well as other styles. This bugs me
and immediately marks the candidate down a few pegs. I mean, if they
can't use styles consistently within a single document, what makes me
think they'll use styles consistently with our style guide so that our
manuals and single-sourcing efforts have fewer problems? (Proper use of
styles is the only way to get Word to do numbered and bulleted lists

Hence, if you have a tendancy to use Word fast and loosely and are quick
with the Bold, Italic, and bullet buttons, hide that with a PDF.
Otherwise you'll be flamed (unknowingly).

If you must send a Word document, make sure it is cleaned up. No
re-defined styles; one style for one purpose; no carriage returns or
spaces to achieve formatting (should be defined by style and proper tab
stops); etc.

Glenn Maxey
Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
1765 West 121st Avenue
Westminster, CO 80234-2301
Tel. +1 303.223.5164
Fax. +1 303.223.5275
glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bgoett [mailto:rbg -at- silk -dot- net]
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 5:27 PM
> Subject: Applying On-Line
> What is the prefered format for submitting documents when
> applying for jobs
> on-line? I've been sending resumes and cover letters as pdf.

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