RE: Returning to Tech Writing

Subject: RE: Returning to Tech Writing
From: "Victoria Wroblewski" <victoria -dot- wroblewski -at- eagletest -dot- com>
To: "Barry Baldwin" <barry -dot- baldwin -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:52:45 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Barry Baldwin
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: Returning to Tech Writing

>The job listings I've seen generally get very specific with the tool
>that they're looking for (XML, DITA, FrameMaker, etc.), some of which I
>don't have experience with, even though I do have experience with very
>similar tools (XHTML, CSS, PageMaker, InDesign, etc.). Do you think
>employers and recruiters get hung up on these, maybe not considering
>similar various markup languages and DTP softwares are?

Yes, some do. At the last salt mine, we had to work hard to convince
the documentation manager while interviewing to expand the team that it
wasn't so important for people to have recent skills in the tools we
used (Frame and Dreamweaver), but be sure they understood how to use
whatever tools they had used to produce quality docs. You'd be
downright surprised at how many people consider "all in-line formatting"
to be a standard and acceptable practice.

At my current place, we use a tool I didn't have any prior experience
with (Ventura) but during the interview I was able to get it across that
I understand the concepts of well-done documentation, and I had some
learning to do when I started but I was off and running pretty quickly.

But, a bigger issue can be that the words just are not on the resume...
there are a lot of places where a resume will only get a glance if it's
without the right keywords that the automated search tool is looking
for. One way to beef up your resume, and your skill set, is to try and
find some formal training on those tools so you can officially put it

- V

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