Re: Green TW searching for software advice

Subject: Re: Green TW searching for software advice
From: "Lois Patterson" <lois -at- dowco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 16:34:46 -0800


I'd be curious to hear of the experiences of other writers. Have you more
often lost contracts and full-time opportunities due to lack of knowledge of
a specific tool, or due to lack of technical knowledge?

I think I've more often lost opportunities due to lack of a tool (sometimes
a very arcane one) than to lack of technical knowledge. Perhaps it's
possible to "overstate" tool knowledge, as Andrew suggests, but I'm not good
at falsifying.What Andrew says makes sense, but does it really work out that
way?

(In my case, it's all worked out and I've managed to stay busy almost
continually in any event. I'd attribute that (not to be too
self-aggrandizing, but anyway) to enthusiasm, constantly trying for work,
and demonstrated ability. However, I think some of the opportunities I have
missed would have been very interesting and I would have been able to step
up to the plate very quickly even without prior experience with the arcane
tools required.)

Lois

Andrew Plato wrote:
(snip)
> Why not get some resume-boosting technology experience rather than tool
skills.
>
>
> Tools are easy to learn, technology isn't. You can overstate your skill
with a
> tool on your resume and cover your tracks a lot easier than if you
overstate
> your technical skills.



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