RE: Applying On-Line

Subject: RE: Applying On-Line
From: "Glenn Maxey" <glenn -dot- maxey -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 14:54:07 -0700

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lin Sims [mailto:linda -dot- sims -at- verizon -dot- net]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 12:52 PM
> Subject: Re: Applying On-Line
> Actually, my interpretation of what he was saying is that TWs
> who don't use
> Word correctly won't use other tools correctly, either, and
> that they may be tool-
> ignorant and -phobic to boot. (My apologies to Glen if I have
> misinterpreted him.)
> My point is that this is an overgeneralization.

I'll grant you that it is an over-generalization that even I don't
follow when interviewing tech writing candidates. (But they better be
prepared to field some pointed questions about the tools they use and

When I consider all of the executive secretaries and marketing people
with whom I have worked, the mess they created in Word, and my
one-on-one training/conjoling/lecturing, there was a strong correlation
between _not_ using styles and their tool-ignorance & tool-phobia.

> A lack of skill or knowledge in
> using Word styles is not the same thing as not understanding
> how structure makes a document easier to maintain,

Correct. But they certainly don't get any brownie points from me if I
see that their resume isn't easy to maintain.

> and you do yourself and
> your candidate a disservice if you place too much emphasis on that.

Not really. Over the course of my tech writing career, I have spent far
too much time fixing up other people's documents with styles BEFORE I
could even look at their document for content.

The last thing I want to do is to re-work my techpubs co-worker's
document to get it to conform to the company standards.

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