Re: Just Can't Help Myself

Subject: Re: Just Can't Help Myself
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:58:40 -0400


> The ad is definitely from a company seeking a "glorified
> secretary" type of contributor. Technical writing capbilities
> aren't even a requirement, just a plus. My guess is that the
> developers are doing the actual writing, and that admin is
> just going to be typing it up and generating a PDF. Whether
> it disrespects *us* or not I can't tell, because if I were a
> senior level technical writer looking for new work I would
> appreciate an employer being upfront enough in its ad to tell
> me right off that its job is not one what I want to apply for.

I thought it was rather honest as well. I can't help but think there
are a decent number of tech writers who got their start in this kind
of role as well. it's definitely not an attractive position for anyone
with substantial experience in tech writing, but from what I read it
looks like an honest ad for a ech admin who will also be doing some
minor tech writing work as well. And, given the economy, the company
might also be looking for a way to get a little more out of their
admin position. I can't vouch for the size of the organization, but if
it's small to mid-size, a flat justification for an admin might not be
an economical approach to the position. In that case, if it is the
case, asking for additional skills to assist with document production
so the engineers aren't doing the job of both development/testing and
tech writing is justified.

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References:
Just Can't Help Myself: From: Bruce Wolf
Re: Just Can't Help Myself: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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