RE: Seeking advice on English MA

Subject: RE: Seeking advice on English MA
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 17:28:03 -0400


Most of the ex-military TWs I've run across don't fit this description at
all--they've been inflexible, patronizing, prone to quantity rather than
quality, overly fond of passive voice and bureaucatese, and unwilling to
learn and use new technology. Mayhap the Beltway Bandit mentality I
encountered in 12 years in the DC area is to blame. Where did you find those

Connie Giordano

-----Original Message-----
From: Gilger.John [mailto:JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 5:18 PM
Subject: RE: Seeking advice on English MA

Sean wrote:
"The last time I advertised for open positions, I got a lot of laid-off
defense industry engineers, a bunch of insurance industry everythings, truck
drivers, ex-marines, and the like."
I must be the odd man out (as usual). This is exactly the pool of candidates
where I have found the best tech writers. The only good writers with an
English-type bachelor's degree came out of this pool -- ex-military. These
people have a wider variety of experiences and a more eclectic knowledge
base to draw upon. They have experience communicating with a broad spectrum
of people and can draw the appropriate analogy for the situation they are
trying to communicate. They have a good "voice", like a mentor explaining a
task to an apprentice.



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