Re: a different resume red flag

Subject: Re: a different resume red flag
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 17:03:40 -0400

Stephen Arrants wrote:


So....lemme see if I got this right......
It doesn't matter how much experience you have. It doesn't matter how good a writer you are.
It doesn't matter that you may have written the documentation for the
tools that you are using.
It doesn't matter that you could explain the repair and replacement of
an Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator to a five year-old.

The correct use of tools is more important than skills involved in
actually investigating a subject and writing about it.

First, that's not what she said. Second, if you keep carrying that big a chip around on your shoulder, your chiropractor is going to be rich indeed.

If the object of a documentation functional group is to produce good documents, then several things need to be done well. Understanding the subject is one of them. Writing well about it is another. Producing documents proficiently is another.

I've argued repeatedly that division of labor can be a good thing; and, therefore, it is okay to organize a department so one person writes and another person processes. You might fit in fine in that kind of organization. However, a lot of managers prefer to hire individuals who can take full responsibility for producing good documents. Under that model, your attitude would put you in the troublemaker category.

In any case, if you came into an interview spouting off about how you do the important part of the job by being a brilliant writer and those peons over there can clean up your mess when you're done, I'd be pretty quick to show you the door.


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