Re: What would you do?

Subject: Re: What would you do?
From: Zev Levi <j -dot- zev -dot- levi -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>, Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:59:38 +0000

Hi Keith,

I work with people who speak English as a second language so forgive me if
I'm misreading your message.

>From your email, it's not clear if the recruiter knows that you don't have
the required experience.

This is the difference between lying (being asked to include experience
with things that you've never done) and using resume-scanning programs to
your advantage (being asked to show your experience with things which,
unbeknownst to the recruiter, you've never done).

If they've asked you to lie, +1 for ditching them.
If they've taught you how to increase your chances of being selected by
resume-scanners, wonderful.

As Steven wrote, if you can legitimately acquire the relevant knowledge in
the time you have, go for it.

Hope I've helped :)

Good luck.

On Thu, 9 Feb 2017 at 3:52 Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com> wrote:

> I agree with everyone that it sounds unscrupulous on the face of it.
>
> Having said that, though, it really depends on how easy or difficult these
> skills are to pick up.
>
> SharePoint administrator is not rocket science, and InfoPath I'm guessing
> you could pick up in a few days with hitting the books and the Web and
> downloading trial versions of Office if you don't already have it.
>
> So it depends on the particular half-dozen skills, the level of expertise
> they want, how good the job is, and how badly you want it.
>
> It's conceivable that you could become passably skilled at using all of
> the tools before you walk into the interview.
>
> But if they want 3 years of DITA and a component CMS, then that's a
> different story.
>
> If the recruiter didn't address this kind of thing (shoring up your skills
> as opposed to just telling you to add them to your resume), then that's
> irresponsible and I'd run.
>
> Steve
>
> On Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:12 AM, Keith Hood wrote:
>
> I have been corresponding with a recruiting firm about a possible job as a
> SharePoint administrator, and they asked me to change my resume. The job
> description includes some things that I have never worked with, such as
> Infopath. The recruiter asked me to edit my resume to show experience with
> about half a dozen things I've never done, to match things in the
> description, and email him that new version.
>
> I won't say what I've done or not done - I'm interested in your thoughts
> about it.
>
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