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 12:03:54 -0400

> This is a horrible ad. It reflects ignorance about what we do. It seems to
> me, however, that it reflects the minority of ads and a few people who
> really have no idea of what we do who are in hiring and "ad placing"
> positions.

But the ad specifically calls for an admin who also has good tech
writing skills. We don't know the motive the company has for the
position, so why is it inherently ignorant to what we do?

> Why? The abyss of ignorance about what we do runs so deeply, I could have
> spent years trying to move this woman from "gum snapping" to
> professionalism, and might not have succeeded. I had to admit there was
> simply not a business fit.

So I have to ask... Who is clarifying our roles to prevent the
ignorance? I'd like to think we ALL are by doing an excellent job,
finding ways to feed the companies' bottom lines while helping people
use the products and providing "bleeding edge" documentation

A good question for the masses: Would you take that "Admin/Tech
writer" job? If so, why? And, what would you aim to do in that role,
given they're mainly looking for an admin?

It's a serious question. I have my answer, but I'd like to hear from
the crowd first.

> My two cents on an ad like that? Recognize there is not a business fit, and
> move on.

Right. If it doesn't look good to you, just ignore it and look for a better fit.


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