RE: Multilingualism and Technical Writers

Subject: RE: Multilingualism and Technical Writers
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 14:01:02 +0100

Another factor: many large "multinationals" (US corporations, mostly) have
"English-speaking sites" where all business conversation is officially
carried on in English, and the documentation must be written in US English.
A native speaker of English who is fluent in the language of the locality
would gain several interview points - it wouldn't automatically get you the
job, but it would make you a good choice over an equally-qualified but
monolingual candidate. (I worked on an English-speaking Compaq site in
France a couple of times, and I am virtually monolingual - fortunately most
of the other technical writers were English expats.)

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.

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