Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?

Subject: Re: Non Tech Writing Experience on Resume?
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 16:03:19 +0100

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?

That's a somewhat tricky question. On the one hand, your cooking experience is likely to be immaterial for 99%+ of all tech writing jobs. On the other hand, an unexplained gap in your CV may raise doubts: What was she doing in this time? Perhaps she was in a job that has gone disastrously wrong? So disastrously that any inquiries at the previous company would kill all chances of a new job?

Since you clearly do not want this, it seems better to explain the time truthfully, if certainly not prominently, in your CV. You may want to spin it a bit, too. Instead of an abortive culinary career, your stint could have been a time out that you gave yourself and during which you - a dedicated hobby cook - pursued your lifelong dream to acquire some professional cooking techniques.

Merry Christmas, everybody
Jan Henning

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