RE: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skills.

Subject: RE: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skills.
From: Logan Jackman <techscrivener -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 08:28:37 -0800 (PST)


John Posada says:

"Look at the person's portfolio and the resume. If the
resume is full of relatively short gigs of 6 months to
a year, and the portfolio covers a wide range of
subjects that aren't related to each other, yet
require technical understanding, then chances are the
person can pick stuff up at a decent speed."
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What John says can be true. On the other hand, a
resume of relatively short gigs can also hide a lot of
incompetence. If you live somewhere where lots of good
companies are located, you can build a good resume
quickly by hopping from one company to another. At
large companies, it is often much easier to let a poor
contractor stay to the end of a short contract rather
than give them the axe.

So, a resume showing lots of relatively short gigs can
show that a writer is good. But it can also be good
camouflage for a not-so-competent writer.

Also, sometimes you can determine during interviews
whether or not the portfolios are a genuine
representation of the writers work; other times not.

After years of hiring writers, I have come to believe
that even after analyzing resumes and carefully
interviewing prospects, hiring new writers is still
often hit or miss--regardless of whether or not the
writer has worked at many companies or just one or
two.

Logan


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