RE: What is our art?

Subject: RE: What is our art?
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:10:42 -0800 (PST)

> It's obvious that recruiters don't understand it since
> they think in terms of tools: Word, Visio, Frame, Robohelp. Yet a
> guru of all those tools isn't necessarily a good tech writer.
> I add:
> Recruiters are not the problem. They think in terms of tools,
> because that
> is what they see a lot of in adds and on resumes. Additionally,
> Corporations
> don't know what they want and don't communicate well to recruiters.

I've been at several gigs where the manager needed to either add
additional writers or to replace me becuase my contract was up.
Almost without exception, the manager would come to me and say
something to the effect..."I'm putting together an ad (or req to
agency) for your position...what software are you using?"

I was never asked "What do you do on a daily basis?"

What are the odds that the req to the agency or the adv specified
tools over skills?

Agencies are responsible for many ills in this field...but not all of them.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
Current gig ending 4/15
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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