Re: Summary of Responses: Whirlers and Environments (Long)

Subject: Re: Summary of Responses: Whirlers and Environments (Long)
From: Christi <christi -at- sageinst -dot- COM>
To: Sheldon Kohn <Sheldon -dot- Kohn -at- onlineinsight -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 09:06:14 -0800

on 2/22/00 7:30 AM, Sheldon Kohn at Sheldon -dot- Kohn -at- onlineinsight -dot- com wrote:

> What type of whirler does well in a start-up environment?
> * Avoid hiring people who have worked in large companies with
> structured documentation departments
> * Have experience in a start-up

> My Conclusions:
> The responses also gave me a lot to think about, as we are approaching the
> point of adding our second technical writer. After reading the responses, I
> am leaning strongly towards hiring an experienced person first, and then
> adding junior-level people.

> Sheldon Kohn
> Senior Technical Writer
> Online Insight, Inc.

I snipped a bit (can you tell?), but I wanted to make one comment. I agree
with Sheldon's instict of hiring an experienced writer first and then adding
junior-level people. But when you do get around to hiring the junior-level
people, don't penalize them if they don't have either quality noted in the
two asterisks (at the top of this message).
Luckily, I have never been really damaged by the catch-22 situation that
these can imply. But, just because a writer doesn't have experience in a
start-up doesn't mean they won't do well. How will they know if they never
get the opportunity to try?
And just because someone worked in a large company doesn't mean that they
won't enjoy a small one. I had worked at two small companies and felt that I
needed to experience a large one. So I did work for a huge company. That's
when I knew that it wasn't for me. I wanted to come back to a small company.
I've somehow managed to talk myself into jobs that some people would think I
wasn't qualified for. But I can learn fast, and I'm eager to learn. I always
encourage people to give others the benefit of the doubt. And not to
discount someone solely based on experience (of course, depending on the
project needs).

Christi Carew
Technical Writer

Sage Instruments
Freedom, CA, USA

- Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them
all yourself.

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