Re: A wee story for you...

Subject: Re: A wee story for you...
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 11:42:58 -0700 (PDT)

> Back then, we were discussing tools and how not having experience
> in a specific tool shouldn't be that big an issue (although it is).
> Several people said pointedly that if you don't know the tool, you
> should lie and say you do, and then learn the program before you
> start the job.
> To me, lying to a potential employer is wrong. Any time you lie,
> you take the chance of getting caught - and getting a reputation as
> a lier.

There is a question of degree.

Person A has used FM 75% of her time at a position. She is a true
power user and really enjoys writing. FM hums under her fingers.

Person B hs used FM a total of 25 hours and is somewhat familiar with
the application. He can create doumnts, TOCs, and books. He doesn't
care to learn much else.

Person C has used to open files that are sent to him so he can
convert them to RTF and use in Word. He knows 1 menu item (Save As)
and although he wants to, hasn't had to use it for anything else.
However, he is sharp, a fast learner, and knows 3 other WP
applications inside and out.

Person D has never seen the splash page let alone the main interface
and she wouldn't know FM from RTFM.

Who can say they know FM on their resume. Yes for person A. No for
Person D.

How about person B and C? If person B or C says he is an experienced
FM user, is he lying?

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
"How to be happy in life: Never impose your beliefs
on anyone else and never fry bacon in the nude."
-- Anon
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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