Clueless Recruiters and HR Staffers
Please send your resume as a word doc.
I run into this myself. I am primarily an Linux guy, with some FreeBSD, NetBSD, and DragonflyBSD. Of course I do work with Windows, but the tools are clunky, so I am trying to get away from it entirely. I am even moving my home network (12 computers!) nearly completely to Linux. So, no, I do not have Word installed and I am not willing to install it.
It is really an odd feeling to get these e-mails: Linux System Administrator wanted …. Please send your resume in Word .doc format.
If they really wanted a Linux guy, why ask for Word format? Ask for OpenDocument Format or one of the older formats for OpenOffice.org, StarOffice, AbiWord, or KWord. Even ask for Applix format. Yes, I know, they use software to scan resumes for keywords, and the software only understands .doc format. Since they seem to get it wrong 4 times out of 5 anyway, maybe they should trash the software and let a real person read the resumes and categorize them.
I work with the industry-standard LAMP and Java platforms, much more LAMP than Java. Yet, I get frequent e-mail about ASP and ASP.Net openings. My resume is clear: Linux (and BSD), Apache, MySQL (and PostgreSQL, Firebird, McKoi), Perl, PHP, and Python (with a little bit of Ruby, and REXX). I have also spent the last two-plus years working sixty to eighty-four hours a week doing Windows support, so I’ve picked up a little VBScript and KiXtart for Windows adminstration and logins.
… You can’t blame ’em for trying, but I think these people would be doing themselves and their clients a favour by actually reading the CVs/resumes they have on file, thereby increasing the odds that they’ll find someone qualified for the positions they’re trying to fill…
With that, I have to agree. They should also read this.
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