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Subject:Re: job-hunt weirdness From:Michael West <WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 7 Jul 2009 08:53:31 +1000
Instead of scratching one's head, one might consider whether deficiencies
in grammar, syntax, focus and clarity might (just possibly) exist in the
writing samples one supplies to prospective employers.
> > I am so glad someone posted this
> > because I have seen the EXACT same thing in SW and SE
> > Florida and my friend in the greater Denver area is also
> > experiencing this. My other friend in the greater Los
> > Angeles CA area has mentioned this too. We were scratching
> > our heads about this.
> > There were jobs that, the job description looked like the
> > person literally read my resume and then wrote the job
> > description from my resume - that is how well it matched.
> > And then I send my resume and hear nothing. Then, a month
> > later, the job is posted again.
> > For one of them, they reposted the position, with a few
> > lines added in all caps emphasizing to the applicants that
> > if their degree and or experience was foreign, they need not
> > apply unless it was verified by a credential service (this
> > was for teaching ESL - I was unemployed for 8 months and I
> > was open to teaching ESL as well since I have a background
> > in that and times are tough - I was getting desperate. I
> > have an ESL instructor version of my resume too - I have
> > since found a tech writer position thank God).?They also
> > had a sentence or two in the job repost about needing to be
> > a native speaker, with three exclamation ponts after it.?So
> > this told me that they must have been getting
> > frustrated?because they could not find native speakers, and
> > because a lot of applicants had foreign experience/degrees.
> > Well, I have a solid background in ESL - prior to my tech
> > writing experience and I am a native speaker with a degree
> > from the states - actually two - one
> > from a good university,?and they did not write me
> > back.??Then they repost the job? In frustration? It made
> > no sense to me. I thought about age discrimination since I
> > am a bit over 40 but that is not too too old and also my
> > resume does not date me. I could not figure it out.
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