RE: OT - Errors on cover letters

Subject: RE: OT - Errors on cover letters
From: "Will Sansbury" <wsansbury -at- alpha -dot- ipswitch -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 15:06:21 -0500

Lauren wrote:
> Sometimes, a person can graduate high school, from what I've seen,
> with skills in certain areas, but not necessarily the holistic skill
> set of adults with effective communication and comprehension skills.
> Some skills for some people may not begin to develop until the person
> is older. So I think that each case of a bad resume should be
> evaluated according to its own merits and the potential of the
> individual presenting the resume, rather than according to the ideal
> of what that resume presentation should be.

I really want to agree with this on some level, but ultimately, if you make
such egregious errors when presenting yourself for consideration for a job,
what sort of errors will you make when the stakes are lower?

This is why I tell everyone I know to keep their résumé up to date. It never
fails that I find a job listing that I'm interested in when there is only
forty-three minutes left until the application deadline. If you try to
compose or update your résumé in that sort of time crunch, you're very
likely to end up a "technical writer"--or worse!

Will Sansbury
P.S. I should probably confess, too, that I am a compulsive proofreader ever
since the day I used OCR software to load text into a Web site for a
presitigious prep school, transforming the headmaster's ideas from the
"finest" into the "lamest." Luckily, I caught the error, but it'd been
posted for six months by the time I did.


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