[Fwd: Re: Resume format]
It's going to depend on the company, and there may not be any way to know in advance.
So I guess I have a few questions about this experience:
* Do you think it's a good idea to sort the meat of a resume by skills
rather than by employers?
If they need to see those keywords, give them the keywords. But listing in detail every feature of every program you've ever used on any job is a bit much. I think you had a more sensible approach.
* Should anyone doing a first pass on resumes for a tech writer position
know that MS Office contains Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, if these are
This depends on the level of the job you are applying for. If they're looking for a production person and you want to work as a production person, tell them about the tools. If they are looking for a writer to collect and organize information and present it in the appropriate media, mention a range of tools briefly to give the impression that you're not intimidated by a keyboard, but don't concentrate on them. Focus on your writing abilities instead.
* Should I have even the most basic tools on my resume, everywhere I used
them, or should I only apply this treatment to more TW-specific tools like
RoboHELP and just mention once that I know how to use these tools?
I think your neurotic opinion is an accurate assessment. As I said, if you're desperate, you may need to grit your teeth and go through with the transaction; but if you decide to do that, be sure you read everything they ask you to sign. In fact, you might ask politely for a day to review the things they ask you to sign, and use that day to have an employment lawyer review the stuff.
* Was this recruiter definitely rude and defensive, or is it just my
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- Re: [Fwd: Re: Resume format], Bruce Byfield
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