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  •  to inHI - as a recruiter (3+ / 0-)

    how do you handle the issue of young people who don't have a lot of experience? What do you look for in their resume there? Also what about women who have taken breaks from work while childraising, also have a deficit of recent work experience, what would you say to them?

    sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

    by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 01:56:44 AM PDT

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    •  Here's what I did for a woman who wanted to (11+ / 0-)

      be an editor.  I emphasized transferable skills, such as organization, initiative, and mastery of the English language.

      Under "Editing" on her functional resume, I listed the titles of a couple of impressive-sounding documents dealing with environmental science, and what she had done to make them readable and polished.  We didn't feel it necessary to mention that these were her husband[s master's and Ph.D. theses, and that she'd edited them on the kitchen table at night after the kids were in bed.  (Her husband, whose first language was not English, benefited greatly from her efforts, BTW.)

      People think in stereotypes, as I said.  They assume that any work you did was paid work, unless you state that it was volunteer work.  All in all, I was able to write a good resume for this woman, and it did help her get a job.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 04:01:44 AM PDT

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    •  I didn't set the hiring policies but - (3+ / 0-)
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      All the recruiting I did was either for the government or for a government contractor.

      In each job (be it federal, state or local gov), X number of years were required, and while employment years were preferred, all allowed for volunteer experience to count as "time".  

      Interestingly all counted PT years the same as FT years.

      In my last job, work from home types of volunteer, such as tutoring or research was allowed. (Prior to this, applicants had to list institutions and/or supervisors.)  This was for the federal gov., for hard to find foreign language positions, so I am not sure if this is a policy throughout the gov.  This was the most frequent area of resume re-write.

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