Re: Another question to ponder

Subject: Re: Another question to ponder
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 10:27:27 -0700

No doubt about that. What causes one company to take a pass on us may
(thankfully) be exactly what causes another to make an offer. The trick in
life is, of course, to find the right place to be.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Underwood" <Kathy -dot- Underwood -at- sas -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 8:13 AM
Subject: RE: Another question to ponder

I think the question of age or other biases depends on the company. I also
think that the problem with being older for some companies is that it also
means you have lots of experience and strong views. I'm 57 with 25+ years
writing & managerial experience with several major software houses. In my
last job hunt I got a lot of "you're overqualified" comments. One manager
even referred to my resume as "intimidating." I should say that these
comments mostly came from younger people. FWIW, I'm not an absolutist. I
taught tech comm at the college level for several years, so I know that
there's no "unified field theory" for producing great doc.

When I was interviewed at my new company, my experience was seen as a good
thing. They didn't express any fear that I would want to "move on" instead
of stick with the work. (I had been with my last employer for almost 10
years.) I think this reveals a difference in the maturity both of the
individual managers and in the overall organization (see JoAnn Hackos on the
maturation of publication groups in her book Managing Your Documentation


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