Re: resumes

Subject: Re: resumes
From: Jill Marie Jeffries <jjeffri1 -at- gmu -dot- edu>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:25:25 -0500

I agree, it appears to be cutting corners when they try to hire one person for two positions.

----- Original Message -----
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Friday, March 2, 2007 2:17 pm
Subject: Re: resumes

> This seems to be a fairly common practice. I've lost
> track of the number of times I've had the same kind of
> experience. I answer a message that says the company
> is looking for a technical writer, and when I get a
> chance to talk or exchange email with someone, they
> spend most of the time asking me how much experience I
> have working with Java and whether I'd be comfortable
> writing small blocks of code.
>
> This is a hypocritical attempt on the part of the
> company to get two jobs' worth of work out of one warm
> body. They say the want a technical writer, but in an
> interview it becomes apparent they actually want a
> systems analyst or a programmer who will also write
> his own documentation. Whenever I identify this
> happening, I say flat out I'm not interested in
> working for a company that will try to deceive me, and
> cut the connection immediately.
>
> My feelings are, you should NEVER work for a company
> that will try this trick. If they'll pull this kind of
> nonsense, what you expect from them by way of
> personnel management after you start working there?
> Better to not get tangled in that web.
>
>
> --- Joanne Wittenbrook <jwittenbrook -at- ameritech -dot- net>
> wrote:
>
> -------------------------------------------------------
> > I had the experience a couple weeks ago of doing an
> > interview where the initial questions were all
> > focused on what programming background I had and how
> > much I knew about data warehousing and
> > video-on-demand.
> >
> > None of which was mentioned in the job post as a
> > job requirement. The job title was "Technical
> > Writer". I was very close to asking if they had read
> > my resume, after all they had it sitting on the
> > desk. Frankly it annoyed me because they had a
> > precise summary of past experience, where I worked
> > and exactly what I did. I was assuming I was there
> > to interview as a Technical Writer, I had my
> > portfolio of samples. After that I didn't do well on
> > the interview because by the time we got to
> > discussing FrameMaker and CSS I really did not want
> > to work with those people. It felt like an
> > interrogation. Maybe it was one of those tactics to
> > see how I handled stress. Stupid. I couldn't wait to
> > get out of there, and they have since re-posted the
> > position.
> > Joanne
> >
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References:
resumes: From: Joanne Wittenbrook
Re: resumes: From: Keith Hood

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