Resume styles

Subject: Resume styles
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:55:33 -0800

Hi All,

This just came in. I've been undergoing a series of interviews for a
position with a NY manufacturer of high-tech instruments. It's a relatively
young company, has a strong market position and is owned by a Fortune 500
entity. They've had but a single technical writer in their entire history.
She was with them five years before moving closer to family and vacating
the position. I've read her LinkedIn profile and thought her qualifications
were rather average.

Out of the six gentlemen I've spoken with by phone, one fellow seems to be
the one I'm having the most trouble convincing that I'm the right
candidate. He was quite surprised to learn that a good number of us haven't
worked full-time for the same company all of our adult lives, that we tend
to move around and accept a succession of short-duration contracts. I've
explained that I'd still be full-time at HP had that company remained what
it once was (or had any idea where it's presently headed). One has to eat.

I've also attempted to explain that a varied career such as mine (and
perhaps yours) makes me more well-rounded and capable of seeing things in a
different light. I view this as a huge plus. Also, our Craig Cardimon has
been reposting many an article that essentially states this same thing; the
days of the pension and gold watch are long gone, that each of us needs to
think of ourselves as entrepreneurs, etc. And although I'm delighted to be
freelancing at this time and have two good clients, Obamacare is
ridiculously expensiveâeven for the crummiest, least-expensive plan. In
addition to the exciting challenges of a new full-time gig, I'm keen on the
benefits package a FT position such as this offers. The initial req read as
if it was written with me in mind.

So.... I have my own ideas as to how to proceed, but was wondering how you
would answer this question:

I spent a fair amount of time reviewing your work posted on LinkedIn. I
see a lot of resumes and resume styles and one thing was really bothering
me regarding your resume. I found its style to be very traditional and the
formatting more difficult to follow than other resumes I have reviewed.
Considering your expertise is in Technical Writing, I was wondering why you
wouldnât approach your resume in a much more flashy visual style such as
your LinkedIn webpage. Can you comment?


> Chris
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