Re: FWD: handling non-tech writing jobs on resume

Subject: Re: FWD: handling non-tech writing jobs on resume
From: johanne -dot- cadorette -at- locusdialog -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 8:5:20

Re: "..considering taking a job outside the Tech Writing field and I need
your advice on how to handle it on my resume. If I go from Sr. Technical
Writer to... say... an office job, bank teller, or retail for a while, how
do I handle it?"

I'm not a hiring manager, but I've bounced around in different fields. Most
books I've read on creating résumés emphasize that your résumé should be
tailored to the specific job you are applying for. If you were a senior
technical writer, surely there are aspects of your work and experience that
will be of value in another position. The key is to highlight those aspects
so that they are relevant to the position you are seeking. For example, if
the job you want requires team work and organization, highlight those
aspects of your previous jobs. You can do the same in your cover letter,

A good résumé book will provide lots of tips and examples. Personlly, I've
used "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Résumé" and it's companion
book on cover letters.

Hope this helps,

Johanne Cadorette

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