Re: Resume screening

Subject: Re: Resume screening
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:22:14 -0600

Robert Plamondon wrote:
>
> Eric writes:
>
> >* Resumes or cover letters with mispelled words were out.
> >* Resumes or cover letters with grammatical errors were out.
>
> These are dangerous rules, as they assume that all good writers are
> perfect self-editors. I know I'm not -- I cannot guarantee that
> ANY work of mine is letter-perfect, since my view of the actual
> work is obscured by its representation in my mind.

In a large manual, published under the pressure of a deadline, it's
quite possible for minor errors to creep in and be missed by a good
writer. But in a cover letter and resume sent out with the express
purpose of soliciting employment as a writer? No, there's no excuse
whatsoever for the slightest mechanical error, and Eric is quite right
to use such errors as a litmus test of minimal competence.


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