Re: Techwr-l certification?

Subject: Re: Techwr-l certification?
From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:53:16 -0500

I couldn't agree more with Jim.

See about how to get around the HR types and prove you
can do the job to the hiring manager. Nick Corcodilos'approach works, I've
used it, and gotten very good jobs, because it is based on ability to do the

I, like the original poster, do not have a degree in technical writing, or a
BA at all, but do have an AA and 25 years of experience in the industry.
Once in a while I run into questions from recruiters, some of them exactly
the same (Do you have a certificate?). My response is usually "No, I don't
HAVE a technical writing certificate, but I TAUGHT the Technical Writing
Certificate program at the University of ..., will that do?" That is ALWAYS
fun to say.


On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Pinkham, Jim <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com> wrote:

> This brings to mind why dealing with HR types on the front end is so
> often flawed. Identify, find and talk to the hiring manager. Show him or
> her you understand the job, and can do it profitably the way the company
> wants it done. Of course, in this case, it's not necessarily an HR type
> that we have in Recruiter X. Nonetheless, any headhunter worth his salt
> knows that the fundamental issue is whether you can perform. If this one
> understands this, provide the ammo that shows you can do the job. If
> Recruiter X does not understand and remains hung up on the certificate,
> despite your being demonstrably competent, he or she very possibly is
> not worth more of your time.
> -----Original Message-----

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