Re: Technical Writing Certifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writing Certifications
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Dori Green" <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:21:35 -0700

I employ an "old Jedi techpubs manager trick." I talk to
candidates about their past experience, projects,
methodologies, etc., look at their work samples and ask
them questions about them, then talk to their previous
managers and/or clients. It's admittedly unscientific,
but I guess the Force must be with me, because in 15
years I haven't made any hiring choices I later regretted.

What *I* really need is some way to test prospective

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dori Green" <dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com>
> Heck, I'd be very pleased if STC developed a basic test and
> certification like Manpower uses for its temporary secretaries. A BS or
> even MS in Tech Writing/Communications/English does not guarantee that I
> will not still have to spend a lot of my time correcting typos,
> spelling, and grammar errors. Certification of basic "core
> competencies" in those three specific areas would bring a candidate to a
> significantly higher position on my "let's take a closer look" list.
> With those three covered, I next want to see evidence that they have a
> clue about how to use their brain to organize and prioritize
> information. It doesn't have to be organized and prioritized the same
> way that I would do it, but they have to show me that they have a clue.


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