RE: "not technical enough"

Subject: RE: "not technical enough"
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l digest recipients <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 10:30:37 -0700

Crescent Enterprise <cres -at- cres -dot- com> wrote:

>There's another consideration to this thread that's not gotten much
>attention -- the needs of the employer. Some employers can't wait for the
>learning curve of an applicant, as bright and promising as the applicant
>might seem.
>Sometimes the unwillingness to risk dealing with the timing of a learning
>curve reflects realism on the part of the company - they simply want a
>certain skill set in short order because they recognize that they don't
>have the resources for training, in terms of time or available expertise.
>I've seen unrealistic companies bring on unqualified applicants and the
>results are painful for everyone.

All true.

However, companies also need to realize that, in this job market,
finding a writer with the right technical knowledge can take
months. Companies may be better off hiring less knowledgable
writers who can train themselves than waiting for a perfect fit.
That way, they at least know what progress is being made. Sorting
through resumes, all they'll know is that the work isn't being

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com | Tel: 604.421.7189

"You poor take courage, you rich take care,
This world was made a common treasury for everyone to share,
All things in common, all people in one,
'We come in peace' - the order came to cut them down."
- Leon Rosselson, "The World Turned Upside Down"

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