Re: a different resume red flag

Subject: Re: a different resume red flag
From: "Lisa A. Roth" <roth -dot- lisa -at- jimmy -dot- harvard -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:36:52 -0400

I understand both points of view. For what it's worth, I think inspecting someone's handiwork with one or more tools is most useful when it's used to validate the pervasive "expert-level" knowledge claimed on nearly all incoming resumes. Unfortunately, we all know that many applicants label themselves "experts" because they are afraid to display even a hint of weakness. (This does not apply exclusively to tool knowledge, either. Anyone out there who has ever reviewed an incoming resume has seen the cover letters that spew the job ad's keywords back--sometimes horribly out of context--but these people are "experts" in the area.)

In such cases, reverse-engineering applicants' documents provides the ability to evaluate their claims of production expertise. At the same time, reading the content can help prove or disprove their claims regarding their writing expertise. Since there seems to be an awful lot of "experts" out there, it's a useful way to perform a first-pass separation of the truly skilled applicants from the yes-men (and women).

Let it be said, though, that things such as document set-up, coding, etc. shouldn't be considered nearly so seriously if an applicant isn't actually claiming to be a pro in that area of publishing.

Happy Friday, folks

Stephen Arrants wrote:


Who would you rather hire--a candidate who
is an Adobe Certified Expert in Framemaker but can't write, or someone
who may not know the intricacies of Frame and doesn't use its feature
correctly, but writes solid, usable documentation? Neither is the best
choice, but which one will most likely produce better documentation?

I think we're on the same page--too much stress on one set of
requirements is wrong. We all want to hire and work with people who know
the tools, know (or can quickly come up to speed) on the domain
knowledge, know how to interview, investigate, and write.


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