Re: job-hunt weirdness

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.

Mike West

> > 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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