RE: Why are companies now requiring techical writer candidates to be SMEs?

Subject: RE: Why are companies now requiring techical writer candidates to be SMEs?
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 08:20:19 -0400


That very well could be. Another possibility is that the candidate pool
might be so large that they can afford to be specific, especially if they
are finally re-hiring after a round or three of layoffs... They know who the
candidates are in the pool and are aiming the job posting right at them. Of
course, whether or not the bootees (I love that term *g*) want to return is
an entirely different matter, but when the pool's full the hiring company
can pick and choose however they like.

Think about the requirements back in the dot-bomb days, when opportunity
practically hit you in the head if you weren't careful... You needed to be
able to read and know how to type. Computer skills were practically
optional...

Oh, and Happy Easter/Passover to all those celebrating.

Bill Swallow
wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com


::: -----Original Message-----
::: I wouldn't get my knickers in a twist over this "trend." In
::: many circumstances there is a legal requirement that a
::: company post a job opening publicly even though they
::: already know who is going to get the job--namely the
::: contractor or H1B visa holder who has been doing the job
::: for the last year.
:::
::: When that happens, the trick is to write the requirements
::: for the job in such a way that nobody else could possibly
::: be qualified.
:::
::: I suspect that's what you're seeing. Just skip listings
::: like that, as they are not meant to generate résumé traffic
::: in the first place.



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