TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Proficiency in MS Office applications is really the starting point for any
technical writer, I believe. What "proficiency" means, exactly, as anyone's
guess—including the person(s) who write up job requirements such as these.
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint aside, knowing Visio is also useful for any
I'll let someone else weigh in regarding classes and such. For Adobe
applications, that company's "Classroom In a Book" series is very useful;
off the top of my head I don't know of anything M$-specific, though I might
take a look at Safari Books Online (read: O'Reilly) and see if there are any
comparable offerings there.
On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 8:51 AM, Dawn Throener <D -dot- Throener -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm Dawn. Pretty new to the group and interested in becoming one of you
> I'm finding a lot of jobs with the terms "Microsoft Proficient" in them.
> What does this mean??? I do OK in Word but have little experience in Excel,
> Powerpoint etc.
> How do I become Microsoft Proficient? Is there a test to figure this out??
> What aspects of each program make one proficient???
> What's the easiest way (cheapest) way to be able to add those terms to my
> resume. I think it would be a great investment of my time and if necessary,
> $$ if I could be able to prove this to employers.
> I'd appreciate your help and insight into this.
> ComponentOne Doc-To-Help gives you everything you need to author and
> publish quality Help, Web, and print content. Perfect for technical
> authors, developers, and policy writers. Download a FREE trial.
> True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
> Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
> documentation. Boost your productivity! http://www.helpandmanual.com
> You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com -dot-
> To unsubscribe send a blank email to
> techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> or visit
> To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
>http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.
ComponentOne Doc-To-Help gives you everything you need to author and
publish quality Help, Web, and print content. Perfect for technical
authors, developers, and policy writers. Download a FREE trial. http://www.componentone.com/DocToHelp/
True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity! http://www.helpandmanual.com
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-