RE: Applying On-Line

Subject: RE: Applying On-Line
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 09:26:26 -0700

Glenn wrote:

> 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
> correctly.)
> 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).=20

To me the above advice is only pertinent if the job you're applying for
requires you to use Word, and expects a level of Word expertise. As we've
seen on this list, many writers avoid Word when possible (and jobs that
require it), and might just be whipping together a Word resume to meet
submission requirements.

I have been in the position of needing to hire a Word expert, in which
case I agree with those criteria. But to force those expectations on all
applicants without Word skill being an actual job requirement seems

That said, I also hasten to add that MOST job openings I'm seeing require
a Word resume, which presents a hurdle to those list members who have
vowed to never send a Word doc via e-mail. In my experience, Word is what
businesses use to communicate with each other, so that attitude seems a
bit militant.

I guess you could say that I think Word has become sort of the lingua
franca of businesses who correspond via e-mail. ;)

- Keith Cronin


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