RE: a different resume red flag

Subject: RE: a different resume red flag
From: "Stephen Arrants" <steve -at- microbrightfield -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 16:53:45 -0400

Monica Cellio sez:

> A different red flag: incorrect use of doc tools. If you are
> applying for a tech-writing position and send me a URL
> (resume or samples), I'm going to inspect your HTML. If you
> send me a Word document and we use Word (not currently the
> case so I don't care as much), I'm going to inspect your use
> of formatting elements. If I see that you hacked the
> formatting in some way, or claimed HTML proficiency but used
> Word to produce your web page, or supplied a web page that
> only works in one browser, I'm much more likely to send your
> resume to the bit bucket instead of the interview pile.

So....lemme see if I got this right......
It doesn't matter how much experience you have.
It doesn't matter how good a writer you are.
It doesn't matter that you may have written the documentation for the
tools that you are using.
It doesn't matter that you could explain the repair and replacement of
Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator to a five year-old.

The correct use of tools is more important than skills involved in
actually investigating a subject and writing about it.


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