Re: ADMIN: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: ADMIN: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: "Diane Evans" <diane_evans -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2004 12:29:36 -0700

And don't forget to vote in this week's poll: How
did you get your first technical writing job?

Back in the dark ages, when 3086 computers were top-of-the-line and Bernoulli boxes were hot, I was working as a secretarial aid in a government office. When the head secretary suddenly ended up in the hospital for six weeks, I took over the word processing and data entry duties. Later on, I wrote a manual to go along with the data entry process. Voila! My first user manual.

Some years later, I was getting burned out as a community college math instructor. Since I had written two more user manuals (for HP-48g calculators), a legislative report, and a booklet, I gathered my published and unpublished works and went looking for a new job. It was the height of the dot-com era, and I was in the middle of Microsoft Country. It took about six months to get my break; my family room is wallpapered with "don't call us, we'll call you" letters.

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