The World According to Dirk: “Pick One Thing”

I am sure you have applied for jobs that you thought you were a perfect fit for. You’d done everything they asked for and more. But they never got back to you.  Why?

Dirk has some insight.  If you were a project manager in the past and a technical writer, do not try to cover both skill sets in your resume…unless the job is for a project manager who is also a technical writer. Trying to combine two jobs in one resume just dilutes all the skills related to the job the hiring manager is trying to fill.

Remember, in today’s job market, hiring managers are looking for 100% perfect fits.  They want someone who can hit the ground running with minimal “ramp up” time. If they want a tech writer and all you have done is tech writing for the past 5 years, then you are a stronger candidate than one who did 2 years of project management and 3 years of tech writing.

Rework your resume to talk about all your technical writing skills employed when you were a project manager.

For those of you who have worked for more than 10 years, consider dropping all those jobs over 10 years ago so you can focus your precious two pages to hammering home how much experience you have in the field for which you are applying. Companies are only moderately interested in what you did 10 years ago. If you are trying to make your project manager job look like a tech writer job, you are better off leaving it out instead of confusing things.

The final thing I am going to share with you from Dirk’s mind expanding (and ego bruising) presentation is something I really have a hard time believing.

James Snider
Global Business Development and Social Media Marketing
Anyone can give you social media.  I make sure it’s marketing.

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About jamessnider

James Snider is the Vice President of Business Development for Engstrom Trading, LLC. Engstrom imports products from Scandinavian countries and builds a market for them in the USA and Canada. View all posts by jamessnider

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