Re[2]: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skill

Subject: Re[2]: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skill
From: bethany_rusbasan -at- leco -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 15:29:12 -0500

I think it really depends on what needs to be explained. I write user manuals for Time of Flight Mass Spectrometers and Glow Discharge Spectrometers, I have a very strong background in chemistry, biology, and math and a BS in Scientific and Technical comm. One of my fellow writers is a terrific writer, she has a BA in Scientific and Technical comm. The problem is she doesn't have the science background to really understand what she is writing about.

"Tom Wrote:
"I know that the last three jobs I got, including this one, I knew next to nothing about the technologies involved. I was, however, able to learn them quickly and turn out documentation, sometimes on tight deadlines."

"Same here. I wrote for the computer industry, jourbalism, and the oil and gas industry and didn't know anything about them when I started. In my opinion, the willingness to learn the technology and ability to translate it to words is probably the strongest asset a writer can have and the best thing a prospective employer can hope for."


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