Re: "not technical enough"

Subject: Re: "not technical enough"
From: "MacDonald, Stephen" <Stephen -dot- MacDonald -at- Aspect -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM'" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 10:27:35 -0400


Jane wrote:

> For those that I haven't, including one that they said they were extending
> an offer to me but they just changed their minds, I've often gotten the
> feedback that I "wasn't technical enough".

Certainly there are cases where lots of technical background is helpful if
not outright necessary, but when I've heard a writer described as "not
technical enough" most often it's because engineering was afraid they'd have
to answer a few questions about the software they coded but didn't design or
document.

I once had a tech writing manager tell me she hires only "very senior people
with lots of technical background because sometimes they even have to read
code". In my experience this means:

o the only thing is writing is the code itself
o the manual has to be done next week
o no one will give you the time of day

You are on your own.

I can read code, but I think I'll pass.



Steve MacDonald
Aspect Communications, Inc.




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