Re: Resume recommendations for older writers?

Subject: Re: Resume recommendations for older writers?
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: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:26:03 -0400

Crotchety old geezers rule!

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On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 3:52 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> On the subject of bias and how to avoid it...
>
> You can't.
>
> Bias, whether based on age, race, gender, religion, sexual
> orientation/identity, etc., is baked into individuals and companies. Even
> if you manage to conceal your characteristics in your resume or in a phone
> interview, sooner or later you will find yourself face to face with the
> person or persons who will make the hiring decision, and if they are biased
> against you, nothing you say or do in an interview is ever going to change
> that. It stinks, but that's life.
>
> I wear who and what I am on my sleeve. I'd rather not waste a lot of time
> getting to the point where someone roundfiles me because he or she thinks
> I'm too old, too non-white or too whatever. If it's going to happen, the
> earlier in the process, the better.
>
> So as far as the resume is concerned, list whatever it is you've been
> doing for the past 10 years with an emphasis on any documentation at all
> you've produced, even if it's just writing up reports, then list your prior
> writing skills and functions rather than companies and products. And
> concentrate on applying to places that are more likely to be run by
> crotchety old geezers who aren't biased against some other characteristic
> of yours.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
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