Re: I just got one of those resumes

Subject: Re: I just got one of those resumes
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 09:44:52 -0800 (PST)

> Unsolicited. His resume is called Techwriter.doc (not exactly, but I
> want to tell you exactly what it is, so as to hide him if he is on the
> list). He hand spaced (space, space, space, space, space, space, etc)
> header with his contact info - no tabs, everything is wrapping really
> Everything is style Normal and all other formatting is hand done.
> bold, underlined all my hand. Larger and smaller font for things all set
> hand.
> And his first tool listed in "Expert Level Microsoft Office".
> I am sure he is a nice guy. Maybe a good or great writer. He lists 20
> of experience.
> What am I supposed to think?

I think you sound excited to reject this poor fellow. And that is what is
a little distasteful to me.

Anybody who manages sets expectations for the people they work among. As
the owner of your company you have a right to establish the criteria you
use to hire people. Provided you don't discriminate over race, creed, sex,
etc. you can reject people for any reason you want. I own a firm too and I
do the same thing.

If you want to be judgmental - be judgmental. I certainly understand the
argument. I think what has people on edge is how you're trying to sugar
coat it and make it sound like you're "doing the right thing".

If you hire, you set the standard. The right thing is to pick people that
meet your expectations. If styles are a criteria - fine. Those of you that
don't like it - don't apply for work there. The employer has a right to
establish work criteria.

Now are those criteria stupid? That's debatable. But if Sharon and others
are having luck using that as a filtering mechanism...then more power to

Andrew Plato

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