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Aug. 26th, 2004

I started working on my résumé tonight. I figure it's time I start doing something other than bitch about my desire to move away from Boston. If things go as I would like, this January/February/March I will either be (1) looking for work in London, (2) starting graduate school somewhere in the United States, or (3) looking for work somewhere that's not Boston, perhaps in the South or the West. Clearly, two of those three scenarios will require me to have an up-to-date CV. Would any of you be willing to help me by reviewing my résumé and offering suggestions/criticism/etc.? If so, let me know whether you prefer WordPerfect (.wpd) or Acrobat (.pdf) formats and I'll send you an e-mail attachment. Thanks.

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queue
Aug. 26th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
I'd be happy to proofread your resume. I don't know that I could offer any useful suggestions beyond that. Feel free to send me a PDF. (Although, if you're going to be emailing your resume, some places ask for it as a Word document, so you might consider using that format.) (The places who want it emailed that don't want it in a Word document want it pasted into the body of the email.)
am0
Aug. 26th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'll second that. In the circles I run in, most places would rather have it as text in the body of the message rather than as an attachment (overwhelming fear of viral infections, probably justified). I have a couple of applications that can access some Word formats, but Word formats themselves are so inconsistent that most Windows products (probably intentionally) have problems with all but that produced by a current program. My writing programs all use RTF, sort of a compromise format since many programs on many operating systems can read it.

For this proofreading assignment, I would prefer to receive a PDF file.
spwebdesign
Aug. 26th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
Of course every potential employer will have a preferred format. However, I create documents in WordPerfect. As the need arises, I can easily convert it to another format, including HTML, plain text, Word, PDF, RTF, or pasted into the body of an e-mail.

Really, this is a non-issue. When it comes time to send my résumé to a potential employer, I will follow their instructions to a tee.
am0
Aug. 26th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)
I've been getting away from using WordPerfect, despite its ease, power and features. Most of my writing requires specialized programs that talk to each other in RTF. Most of the Linux word processors are inept slaves to Word; I don't want to limit myself to a text editor or become involved with a publishing program most of the time.

As for dealing with potential employers, they will have to offer a lot in other areas to compensate for obvious deficiencies in common sense, as is so frequently demonstrated by demands for a particular product being used, typically Word. I have been known to pass on applying for a job upon learning about the working conditions.
spwebdesign
Aug. 27th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
Most of the Linux word processors are inept slaves to Word

What linux word processors are slaves to Word. Almost every linux user I know uses vi (or vim), emacs, or pico. I wouldn't consider any of those remotely enslaved to Word.
am0
Aug. 27th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)
Abiword or Open Office are Word clones for Linux; there are others. The programs you named, even with some of their advanced programming capabilities, are what I consider to be text editors. The publishing programs are the family built around TeX.

Perhaps at some future date, Abiword and o.o will be developed to the point of becoming as useful as Word Perfect, but right now it is difficult to get either of them to do a simple job like printing envelopes from a database.
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