Re: resume fondling -- am I being too picky?

Subject: Re: resume fondling -- am I being too picky?
From: "T.W. Smith" <techwordsmith -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 14:32:20 -0400

A couple of things.

1) There are no editors. Technical writers have to do it all: content,
layout, adherence to style guides, assist with style guide maintenance
and updates, illustration, did I say content?
2) The resumes I see are not rewritten or munged by a recruiter, for certain.
3) Resumes should be created in ideal conditions, no?
4) The style thing for me is a reflection of how the writer works as a
writer and is not so much a tool-use-eval.
5) None of these things by themselves would exclude a candidate from
an interview, for me.

On 4/29/05, Mike O. <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Time to go back to ASCII resumes :-)
> If you are hiring content writers, yes you are being too picky for most
> of those points. If you are hiring editors, maybe not.
> Besides, if you think the resumes are bad, check out some corporate job
> descriptions!
> Corporate ADD is forcing resumes to become volatile documents written
> on the fly. Managers want to see all their buzzwords on Page One. So
> candidates tailor the resumes for each job description, no matter how
> bizarre the job description may be. Often the resume is edited in
> non-ideal conditions (like on the job, maybe not at your own computer).
> So I could easily forgive a few non-critical glitches in the resume -
> just like you would forgive minor errors in a two-hour rush job you
> might assign to one of your writers.
> Also note that recruiters often rewrite candidate resumes.


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