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Bottom line, though, is that the person who's doing the hiring gets the
final word, and if you can't persuade them that knowing which menus to open
isn't why they hired you, there's not much point in insisting that software
skills is secondary to your real value as a writer. Out of fairness to the
employer, it's easy to see why they'd pick someone with specific software
skills over an otherwise identical candidate who's going to spend the first
week on the job learning which menus to open. As a working professional, I
try to keep up on software trends; were I to set about looking for a new job
in techwhirling, I'd make sure to learn Frame well enough that I could look
the interviewer in the eye and tell them "I'm no expert, but I'm fully up to
speed with the software" and mean it.
--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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