Re: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?')

Subject: Re: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?')
From: Charles E Vermette <cvermette -at- juno -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 10:43:24 -0500

Bruce Byfield wrote:

<<<My impression is that, prior to the early Nineties, technical writers
were far more likely to technologically-oriented than they are now.
However, I wasn't in the field then, so I can't be sure. Can any veterans
on the list comment?>>>

I haven't been a tech writer since 1981, but I *was* a recent English
Major in 1981, when I was "counseled" to consider Tech Writing.
Based on this "guidance", I went to a technical job fair armed with my
suit, resume and the cliches I was given by my college placement office.

I remember this one conversation with a recruiter - (I actually had
several similar to it, but this one stood out):

Me: I'm looking for opportunities in tech writer
Recruiter (with a thick New York accent:): Do you know this technology?
Me: No...
Recruiter: do you know this one?
Me: No...
Recruiter: how about this one?
Me: No...
Recruiter: Then I got no use for ya...

In 1981, I got the message.

In 2002, everything old is new again...

Charles E. Vermette
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e-mail: cvermette -at- juno -dot- com

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