Re: Finding a good job title

Subject: Re: Finding a good job title
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 16:01:04 -0800 (PST)

I use Senior Tech Writer becuase it is a title that means something
to recruiters, who I have to deal with as part of my profession, just
like I have dealt with development people with the title of Senior
Programmer or Senior Developer. I expect more from them when I come
across them at my contracts.

Besides..I wouldn't label "Senior" as a "high-falutin" term. The
problem is when those that aren't, use the term because they've done
time. How many times have we seen the question..."I'vbe been a writer
for 5 years...can I call myself a senior writer?" if you don't know
what it takes to be one, you aren't it.

To my way of thinking, those that can start, manage, and finish a
complex project without supervision deserves the title of senior,
regardless of the number of years they've been a writer, just like
someone who has been in the field for 10 years but cannot manage and
complete a project withjout supervision doesn't.

--- Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org> wrote:
> Sweeping statements, Bruce, but I guess you know more TWs and
> programmers than I do. :-) Maybe, then, TWs suffer from the
> "anyone can write, so what's so darn special about you?" bias, and
> are therefore more likely to have to lean on a high-falutin' job
> title when dealing with Those Who Don't Know Any Better, while
> programmers don't generally have that handicap.



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John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
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on anyone else and never fry bacon in the nude."
-- Anon
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