RE: permalancers

Subject: RE: permalancers
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Technical Writer" <tekwrytr -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:51:52 -0700

Technical Writer wrote:

> >From a manager's point of view, the idea that a technical
> writer "adds value"--except in the most simplistic sense--is
> more wishful thinking than reality in most fields that
> require documentation. That is a major problem for technical
> writers who want to stay employed; the skill sets needed to
> get the job may be considerably less than the skill sets
> required to keep the jobs. The notion that a few months of
> experience repeated a dozen or more times is somehow
> invaluable is misguided, if not plain silly.

I suppose, if you're focused entirely on skills and dismiss knowledge as
unimportant, and if you think of a tech writing career as just a
sequence of short-term assignments doing rote work in fields you know
nothing about, this may make some sense. And if that's your perspective,
I suppose "adds value" is indeed a foreign concept.

Some of us have a different perspective. Fortunately, so do our
employers. That's why they pay us the big bucks. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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