Off to the side of Re: Interesting use of infographics for a resume

Subject: Off to the side of Re: Interesting use of infographics for a resume
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:39:19 -0400

Fred Ridder wrote:
> In most companies that aren't directly involved in creative fields (e.g.
ad agencies, design firms, maybe video game developers), resumes have to
make it past recruiters, hiring managers, and HR types before they ever
reach someone who really understands what the job is about. ...

As far as I can tell, tech writing has been compartmentalized and
commodified, so that a company (at least a larger or stodgier one) that
is looking for a creative tech writer, or for someone who can rescue
them from a mess, is stuck looking for a writer with five years of
Framemaker, ten years of programming RPG, and deep experience with
Enterprise Marketing, because that's what the writer who left (and who
maybe screwed it all up) claimed he had, according to how HR puts things
in boxes, anyway.

So if they are /very/ lucky some creative Role-Playing-Games fan
mentions "RPG" in his resume and HR's resume-grinding software catches
it, and they get what they need.

As everyone has probably guessed, I'm about ready to put pictures of my
horses on my resume. Nothing else seems to work. Of course, because my
resume mentions that I wrote about a project that used SQL I get queries
from headhunters crowing about how they have *read my resume* and are
looking for someone with ten years' SQL programming experience. (I try
to be civil and ignore them, but it's a chore.)

I swear, NO ONE READS RESUMES!

Will we ever return to the day when tech writers were hired on the basis
of their ability to understand and make sense out of something in which
they are not already experts?

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References:
Re: Interesting use of infographics for a resume: From: Keith Hood
RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume: From: Brian.Henderson
RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume: From: Fred Ridder

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