Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?

Subject: Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?
From: Fred Sampson <wfreds -at- cruzio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 09:40:39 -0800


Employers are well aware of the job situation these days. They should be used to seeing resumes with gaps in them. If you're using a chronological resume format, don't fill the gaps with fluff. Employers will ask about the gaps, and you should be prepared to answer with something better than "watched soap operas."

I have a section in my resume for recent education and training, to demonstrate that I'm keeping current even when I'm not working. If you include your culinary training there, you can mumble something about "writing procedures is just like writing recipes." Or "I learned about the importance of time management and multitasking." Make your experience, whatever it is, relevant to the job.

Good luck,
Fred

At 10:44 AM 12/22/2002 -0500, you wrote:

I have been out of the technical writing world since this past February when
my last contract ended. While I have been looking for other TW gigs, I took
advantage of the timing and entered another world by attending culinary
school and working in professional kitchens. Since I do miss the challenges
(and money) of technical writing, I am going full force with a job search.

So now I wonder if I should be filling in the gap of time on my resume since
Feb so employers know that I have not been sleeping all day long or is it
just unnecessary fodder that will be simply extend my resume and annoy those
who perhaps would have otherwise given me a chance?

Thanks for your help with this!

Regards,
Esther Willard, technical writer/chef

Fred Sampson
wfreds -at- cruzio -dot- com
http://radio.weblogs.com/0107659/


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