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I would run a mile. He sounds like he would be a PITA to work for.
On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> 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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