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regarding the ratio of follow-up resumes to the total pool of resumes
received, I'd agree that its pretty low (probably 1 in 15-20). I was also
amazed at how many people who clearly did not meet the minimum qualifications
stated in our ad replied anyway. I guess when you are despirate, you'll go for
Regarding the general thread of requiring DTP or not,I don't think you should
require a particular package. I belive that if you've used one you can learn
another (although I would highly recommend formal training as the learning
mechanism. Even if some of the training is too basic, its still quicker than
But you still have to be careful. As unbelievable as this may sound, we sent a
new hire to three days of FrameMaker training, and afterwards she was still
trying to indent by using spaces! Some people just don't get it!