Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?

Subject: Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:15:47 -0500

I tried that on a resume, only to have the recruiter ask me to rewrite
it in a more traditional manner for submission to the client.

They only want what they are used to.

On the other hand, most hiring managers seem to want someone who has had
10 years experience in their company in the particular job they are
trying to fill, and they usually want to pay entry level wages.

Scott

On 3/16/10 11:35 AM, Tony Chung wrote:
> [Re: want ad hirings â pure chance]
>
> Richard Nelson Bolles has been saying this for years in his "What
> Color is Your Parachute" book series. I've heard it said the resume
> isn'# a hiring document, it's an exclusion document.
>
> You don't need specifics on your resume, only specific stories leading
> to potential benefits:
> - Increased product sales by 30% through the release of preliminary
> product documentation
> - Reduced support calls by 50% by initiating and moderating a user support forum
> - Simplified the creation of developer documentation by writing a
> series of boilerplate templates that broke through writers block,
> leading to a working prototype more quickly.
>
> These don't speak to specific projects, but we can all attest that we
> contribute in a similar fashion.
>
> Then you list your specialty subject areas, and a table of your
> toolbaox. State whether the tool is widely used in the field
> (Peoplesoft, Oracle, FrameMaker, Word), and either generally
> categorize, or provide a brief description of the problm solved by
> in-house, proprietary, or indstry specific tools.
>
> At the end of it, state References supplied upon request. You want to
> contact references who will most effectively communicate your vale to
> the one who interviewed you, based on personality and communication
> style.
>
> And while recruiters are great people to speak with, their role is to
> get you hired so they get paid. Work your network yourself, and leave
> your resume behind you, not before you've had some contact with the
> "one eith the power to hire you".
>
> I heartily recommend the 2010 edition of Parachute. I've read a
> selection since 1988, and get the sense that Bolles completely
> restuctured the content for this edition.
>
> He may even have used DITA.
>
> Cheers,
> -Tony
>


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References:
How do hiring companies view TW resumes?: From: Peter Neilson
RE: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?: From: Pinkham, Jim
Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?: From: Tony Chung

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