Re: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: Re: job-hunt weirdness
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:21:09 -0700

Actually, whether I get a call or not is beside the point. In this
economy, no software tech writer job posting in the SF Bay Area will
fail to attract a pool of at least half a dozen qualified applicants.
In fact, there's a good chance you'll get an applicant from a direct
competitor who's been documenting the exact same kind of products for
ten years. So when a job is relisted within a month or six weeks,
something screwy is going on.

Maybe they're indulging in the classic fantasy that they're going to
find a programmer who can write and is willing to take a 40% cut in
salary to work as a tech writer. Maybe they're rejecting qualified
candidates for ridiculous reasons, such as a lack of experience with
some obscure version-control system that a qualified applicant could
get up to speed on in five minutes. There are lots of possibilities,
but a dearth of qualified applicants is not, here and now, one of

Unfortunately, the hiring manger doesn't necessarily see all the
resumes of qualified applicants. They may be screened out by a badly
configured screening application or culled by mistake by an
incompetent HR person. That's why when hiring I prefer to post on STC
lists using my own email address.

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:10 AM, Dana Worley<dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com> wrote:
> On Wednesday, July 08, 2009, Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultRE: job-hunt
> weirdness wrote:
> ... If you are not called in for an interview, the major cause is likely that *you did not fit the
> description of what the organization was looking for*! ...

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Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Erik Hare
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: jlshaeffer
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Dana Worley

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