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On another, related subject, try "Administrative Assistant." They can
either simply answer the phone, or basically run the company when the
boss is out.
From: Bill Swallow [mailto:techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 2:49 PM
To: Cardimon, Craig
Subject: Re: Job function question
> What about Documentation Specialist and Information Developer? How
> one know if one qualifies?
As this thread already illustrates, you won't know. The cold hard fact
is that these and many other titles are thrown around and used with no
consistency across the profession. In two different companies I worked
for, "Documentation Specialist" was used for two very different
purposes. One was a high level, uber-geek kind of position, where at
the other company it was the title given to all entry level writers.
Heck, I'm a "Documentation Practices Leader" currently... tell me how
THAT fits into the the STC job title criteria. ;-)
Until the problems with title usage is fixed or until the STC at least
comes up with standards for such titles that it can at least define
and communicate out, I wouldn't pay it any mind. Just check off
whatever sounds good to you and leave it at that. As far as I know,
that info isn't actually used anyway.
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