Re: Applying On-Line

Subject: Re: Applying On-Line
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 09:37:31 -0800

When I get unsolicited resumes (no, we are not hiring, I have a crew and
they are good), most of the time they are in Word. The first thing I do is
see if the writer used Styles appropriately or at all. It is an example of
how well the writer knows and uses Word, which tells me a lot about their
work patterns and habits. I know if the writer understand structured
documentation. This is important to us.

Perhaps I am slightly crazy - always possible - but it is my first look at
the writer's abilities. Most do not make that cut and get thrown away, or
passed around and laughed at if they used hard returns and spaces to do
indented text. I see that from people who claim 10 years of experience!

And BTW - do NOT include EVERY software you have ever used. I recently got a
resume from a guy who included EVERY software - including AOL and "FTP",
which I loved. A badly formatted/organized/written resume that provided us
an hour of mirth in a tough week.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
Anthrobytes Consulting
Vice-president, Programs of the Inland Empire chapter of the STC

----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren Barefoot" <darren -dot- barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
Subject: RE: Applying On-Line

| I don't know what advantage you're reaping with the original file
| (if I understand you correctly). Just save the whole thing as text, dump
| it into a new version of MS Word, create and apply some styles and
| you're all set. You should always customize your resume for a particular
| audience, but I don't know why you can't use appropriate styles while
| customizing.
| Now maybe me and the other ObsessiveWordMeisters who care about this are
| in a tiny minority. If so, you'd be wasting your time. Of course, if 20%
| of all hiring managers care about how you format your MS Word resume,
| that's 20% of people who aren't marking down a strike against you.
| Thanks. DB.

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