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Subject:RE: Tools versus skill set From:"Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:54:34 -0400
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Will Husa
> Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 8:25 PM
> To: 'Tammy Van Boening'; 'TechWhirl List'
> Subject: RE: Tools versus skill set
> This reminds me of a friend to went to an interview for a
> contract position at a company that required him to know
> Arbortext and Framemaker. He didn't know either program, but
> he could write.
> During the interview, he asked about the requirement for
> these software tools. The project manager told him that the
> company didn't have these tools, but was going to be buying
> them within the year.
> So the friend asked again about the requirement for these
> software tools.
> The PM replied that the owner didn't want to spend the money
> to train the whole company on these tools. The owner
> expected the TW to train them all while he was there.
That sounds like a *great* job opportunity -- for a tech writer who
already knows Arbortext and Framemaker.
First, the company hires you. Then, they buy the tools -- probably using
your recommendations for versions, etc. Finally, you lead training for
everyone else -- which means that they'll use the tools according to
your own practices.
Not every tech writer is lucky enough to have that much influence on the
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