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: "Lisa Wright" <liwright -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 12:47:23 -0700


(I'm in a very questioning mood today.)

Gene, can you cite some statistics to support this statement? "As others
have noted, these are often intended to support the hiring of someone
the hiring manager already wants to hire, and are written to exactly fit
a specific person rather than a desired candidate. There are a lot more
of these than there have been in the past few years."

I'm wondering whether there really are more, or if it's just a
comforting excuse when we (collective "we") don't get hired and postings
are more scarce, or when we don't meet all the qualifications. I'm not
denying that people do tailor ads to individuals with backgrounds that
aren't likely to happen again in the wild. I'm wondering if we truly
think that companies are unreasonable to request skills/background that
meet their needs and that they are somehow tilting the field unfairly?

Lisa

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Kim-Eng
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 11:27 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Why are companies now requiring techical writer candidates
to be SMEs?



Yes, and while the ad quoted doesn't quite meet fit that description, I
have also seen
ads for tech writers in the same region that actually want the ability
to
*write* code as
well as document it, and others for writers that call for a candidate
with
previous
experience as a programmer, designer, chemist, field service engineer,
etc. As others have noted, these are often intended to support the
hiring of someone the hiring manager already wants to hire, and are
written to exactly fit a
specific
person rather than a desired candidate. There are a lot more of these
than
there have
been in the past few years, probably a good testimonial for the value of

networking as
a jobhunt method.

Gene Kim-Eng


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