Re: Hiring Publications Managers

Subject: Re: Hiring Publications Managers
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 03 Feb 2002 18:09:11 -0800

Paula Puffer wrote:

I've been asked to review some resumes. In one instance, the resume sent up
several red flags. The candidate had several good positions but there are
gaps in the job history, no contract or permanent positions lasting longer
than 6 months, the candidate has moved around a lot (3 different geographic
regions in one year).

I could be wrong, but you sound like you are looking from the viewpoint of a full-timer. A contractor moves around a lot by definition. Moreover, many contractors are continuously busy, yet never take on projects that last more than a few months.

Many people, too, earn enough contracting -so that they can take extended breaks, either for enjoyment, or because they have children or sick relatives. After all, in six months, a well-established contractor can earn what full-timers earn in a year. So why not take time off? That's not even allowing for the recent ups and downs in the economy.

Ask the candidate questions if the job history makes you uncomfortable, but don't be so quick to jump to conclusions that something is wrong. Far from being some sort of stigma, a record like the one you describe could be the sign of a person who is highly successful and living exactly the way that they like.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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