Re: Hiring Publications Managers

Subject: Re: Hiring Publications Managers
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 21:18:27 -0600

Tech Whirlers:

If you were asked to give input on hiring a Publications Manager what would
you expect to see terms of experience? What would you expect to see in terms
of stability in the job history?

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).


In general, the comments made about not judging the book from the cover is good. You need to talk to this person before ruling them out. The part about the permanent positions not lasting more than 6 months is troubling.

Did they work in teams, did they do any supervision? Did they manage several projects at the same time?

Do they know how to delegate? Can they supervise as opposed to micromanage after telling someone to do something?

Can they lead?

The last one is perhaps on of the more important aspects of filling a manager position.

You can manage things to your heart's content. You have to lead people. It makes no difference how brilliant a writer you may be, in a management position, your job is not to write, it's to manage projects and resources, and lead people.

Someone who is happy flipping from one job to another may not be well suited to lead as a Publications Manager.

Scott

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References:
Hiring Publications Managers: From: Paula Puffer

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