Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?

Subject: Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 19:02:59 -0800

efwillard -at- mindspring -dot- com wrote:

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?

Contrary to many people's expectations, a resume is not a complete and objective job history. After a few years of experience, that becomes impossible without five pages and six point type. Instead, you need to tailor the resume to the profession - and, usually, the specific job as well.

The simplest way to make it obvious that the resume is selective is simply to list your work history under the heading "Selected Experience." If you're worried that someone make look for gaps, you can put a one-sentence statement at the top of the history that a complete list of employers is available on request.

However, you might look at how your non-tech writing experience is relevant to the profession. For example, if you were supervising others and are pursuing a position as a documentation manager, then it might be relevant.

Again, you can make clear why you are listing the non-tech writing experience by listing under the position "skills relevant to tech-writing."

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

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