RE: Tech writer = office manager?

Subject: RE: Tech writer = office manager?
From: "Barbara Yanez" <BarbaraYanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 11:34:39 -0800

Yes, I find it interesting that in, if you do a search on
keywords "technical writer" or "documentation", it provides you with
alternates titles of "administrative assistant" and the like

My assistant in the documentation department here- my boss went to her
and asked her to be the designated party organizer and person who
collects money for baby showers. There are 25 people on this floor, but
he comes to someone in this department. I put a stop to that in a big
hurry. I/we don't mind doing it sometimes, but why not spread it around
- let others handle it sometimes? Interesting he did not go to any of
the programmers or network admins - but comes to our department. I felt
that this was an indication that he sees tech writing as lightweight,
glorified secretary type work.


Barbara Yanez
Integration Group
Mgr - Documentation
(626) 799-8090 x 419
byanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com

From: Gilger.John

As Alan Bucher Points out below, it seems that Tech Writers still
haven't overcome the "just a glorified secretary" stereotype. <Sigh>


| Just a bit of humor here (I hope). I found this posting on a job site
| for a "Technical Writer". Boy, the requirements for a technical
| writer now sure are different from the ones that I'm used to! Would
| adding office supply procurement to our skills make us more
| marketable?
| ------snip------
| Technical Writer (temp)
| PURPOSE OF POSITION :Contract position until June 2003, must be
| accurate and thorough at xxxxxx.
| * Provide word processing, database data entry, and other clerical
| support as needed including faxing, copying, shipping and filing.
| * Maintain a safe, clean, and GMP compliant training center and work
| area.
| * Procure all company office supplies in a timely and cost-effective
| manner.
.| * Assist Quality Engineering with clerical support such as copying
| approved documents, maintaining reference books, filing, routing of
| ECO's approval, and word processing.

| <snip>

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