Re: Clarification (was Just can't help myself)

Subject: Re: Clarification (was Just can't help myself)
From: "Sherry Michaels" <sherry -dot- michaels -at- docntrain -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 18:03:29 -0700

<<Note to self: It's ok to denigrate administrative assistants here, but not
editors. (Ducks and runs from the hordes of irate admins lurking on the
list) :)>>

Well, I'm not an admin, but have known a bunch of them. Many I respected a
great deal. None of them were technical writers, or editors (although one
was excellent at all forms of grammar and business etiquette, easily the
best I've ever seen).

I don't think I was ever advocating that technical writers couldn't come
from being an admin. I took a very similar journey. I just have to say that
in the myriad of resumes, it's pretty rare to see it. And I just don't see
confusing the roles, or blending them. I may be over sensitive from years as
being the only female programmer in the department, but I wouldn't have been
any happier about being asked to inventory office supplies than I was about
being asked to type the other programmer's work because I'd learned
keyboarding and they hadn't. There should be a boundary, it seems to me. And
we each decide what that is, apparently. :)

Sherry Michaels
Michaels & Associates
11639 E. Wethersfield Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-614-8440 Local
877-614-8440 Toll free
480-614-2775 FAX


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