RE: 10 things all tech writers should do - but different

Subject: RE: 10 things all tech writers should do - but different
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 19:50:41 -0800


Mike, I am looking for people with writing skills. I was looking
specifically for technical writers with specific domain knowledge. This
project would not have time for people to learn what web services are or how
to systems manage a Linux server. The people would need to be able to hit
the ground running with this knowledge in hand before they start.

My point is that I own a tech writing consulting company, may need to put
together a team with skills my team does not all have and, when looking at
brief write ups of the tech writers, didn't get anything about the domain of
knowledge people have. I saw a lot about tools people know, which is very
different. Very different.

In other words, Andrew is right on this one. He is always talking about
tools are not that relevant, knowledge is. I am facing a possible project
and his words are in my face. I need knowledge, not tech pubs tools skills.

sharon

Sharon Burton-Hardin
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting
909-369-8590
www.anthrobytes.com

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-71429 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Mike O.
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 4:22 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: 10 things all tech writers should do - but different



Sharon Burton-Hardin wrote:
> So I went to a local STC chapter website to look at the online
> resumes... I need people with B2B knowledge, unix/linux admin skills,
> stuff like that.

So you went to the STC website and were disappointed you didn't find
Unix admins? I'd say you were looking for love in all the wrong places
:-)

There are lots of websites for admins - how about your local Linux user
group? Or just a plain old posting on a local job board?

I'm an East Coaster but based on the national press, I thought you
can't throw a rock in Southern California without hitting an unemployed
sysadmin. Not that I'm advocating violence against sysadmins.

And what kind of technical skill is "B2B knowledge"? That smells like
marcomm to me. B2B usually implies vertical domain knowledge. Why not
look at resumes of people from the specific domain? There are whole
rafts of available people with B2B portal experience.

> almost NO ONE is telling me the technologies they know.
Yes they are: RoboHELP, Pagequarker, and ISO90210. Their resumes are
probably optimized to catch the eye of employers looking for pubs
skills, not admin skills.

Also, we are always telling jobseekers that networking is the best way
to get results, so maybe that's good advice for employers too. I'll bet
if you shake your personal network instead of browsing the STC website,
you will find the people you need.

Regards,
Mike O.


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