Re: Interviews/Resumes - Outside Interests

Subject: Re: Interviews/Resumes - Outside Interests
From: George Mena <George -dot- Mena -at- ESSTECH -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 11:35:49 -0700

I find myself in agreement on mentioning military service in the resume.
Mostly, it should be mentioned if it helps the applicant put himself or
herself in that much more of a positive light.

For example, US Army Signal Corps experience is an extremely valuable
skills set, especially for folks looking to hire a tech writer with a
telephony or satellite communications systems background. That's
something you aren't going to pick up in a TW program at the four-year
major college level. That's *applied* technical training for the real
world. Same with being an avionics or electronics bench tech in the
Navy or Air Force: applied technical training in digital electronics.

It's my opinion that having this kind of applied technical training
helps make a tech writer that much better (at least for the
electronics/computer fields). It helps because it's hands-on

Almost makes me want to go out and re-up...

George Mena

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandra McDonnell [SMTP:sandy -at- MCCABE -dot- COM]
> Sent: Friday, May 15, 1998 2:20 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: Interviews/Resumes - Outside Interests
> Marilyn Baldwin (mlbb -at- capgroup -dot- com) wrote:
> > I agree absolutely with Bob Morrisette's response to Barbara
> > Philbrick.
> > Outside Interests, Community Involvement, Organizational
> Memberships,
> > Hobbies, and Military Experience have NO PLACE on a resume.
> Marilyn, one of these things is not like the others. Military
> Experience
> IS job experience. My husband has been in the Army for 12 years. He's
> gained all his qualification and job related skills there and has held
> numerous positions. yes, it has to be translated into the context of
> skills, responsibility, experience gained, but it certainly does have
> a
> place on a resume. His gained him a civilian job that is currently
> willing to wait for him to get discharged from the military.
> sandy
> &^~~~
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