Re: Alternate Title to Tech Writer?

Subject: Re: Alternate Title to Tech Writer?
From: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 01:36:28 +0530


Some companies have an internal designation and an external title.

The internal designation is used to minimize the hierarchy within the
organization, to improve communication flows and encourage
knowledge-sharing and enterprise across the organization.

The external designations are used to facilitate engagement with
organizations that have more complex hierarchies and protocols.

I many more companies, you have the freedom to use a more market
friendly designation on your official visiting card.

Designations serve (or should) a few practical purposes such as:
- They describe your role
- They place you in the organization chart
- They reflect the thought process that conceived your profile
- They help outsiders identify a competent internal resource to whom
they can address their issues
- Other considerations

Employers can't be bothered to also consider the effect of your
designation on opportunities that can take you away from them.

Some organizations use flattering designations to "dignify" to some
positions. Many menial positions have the terms "manager" and
"engineer" added to them for this purpose.

Still other organizations use very important-sounding designations
(and awards) as false perks to mollify an ambitious workforce. Many
such professionals have a problem explaining their designations in the
context of their work experience to prospective employers. And that is
the other reason for using this strategy.


Most employers who source profiles from a CV database, grep for a
bunch of keywords. These keywords more often include names of skills,
activities, tools, technology areas, education, and years of
experience rather than designation or job title.

Some online job sites ask you for a CV title (Carpenter with 40 years
experience building an Ark). That is usually the title your CV will go
by, not the designations in your work ex.



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