Re: Resume Advice

Subject: Re: Resume Advice
From: John Garison <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
To: Evelyn Lee Barney <evbarney -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 12:57:21 -0400

Hi Ev,

Assuming that you'll list your current job and the entire time you've
been working at it on your resume, you can add all the tools you used
all along as well as the tools you're just now starting to use. You
don't have to point out that you've only just begun to use some of them.

For example:

2004- Present
Contract Technical Writer and Web Developer for
As technical writer, developed documentation for the following projects
.... and used the following tools: A, B, C. As Web developer, duties
included developing and managing the web site ... using the following
tools: Drupal, Java ...

If you want to be more specific, you can say things like "I installed
and set up Drupal as a Content Management System for the entire site. I
used Java to develop X, and ..."

My 2¢,

John G

Evelyn Lee Barney said the following on 9/1/2008 12:19 PM:
> I hope this is reasonably on-topic.
> I have a soft money job - which I happen to love. There is a chance of
> making it more permanent - and with significantly more money. The
> challenge is to help the people I work directly with to convince their
> colleges - who have seen my work but don't really know me.
> While I do some straight tech writing for these people, they refer to me
> as their "web developer" - which has meant more hours that I can tell
> you hacking my way though projects that I really didn't have the skills
> for when I began. Thankfully I work mostly form home so I get to cuss,
> kick and start over as often as I need without anyone the wiser. I've
> become a quick learner.
> Now, to the question: I have to update my resume. No decision will be
> made until December, but the resume goes in next week. Between now and
> December, I will have added improved skill with digital photography, and
> familiarity - if not proficiency, with Drupal, Java, and 3D computer
> modeling to my list of skills. Is there a way to gracefully express that
> on the resume? The Drupal is most important, since some of the people
> involved in the choice are committed to that CMS.
> Any advice will be welcome!

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