Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?

Subject: Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:29:26 -0800 (PST)

In the ads I've seen, most commonly a "documentation specialist" is the guy who gets stuck with the physical drudgery of scanning papers into the electronic system.

I'd rather see the job called "file clerk" or something like that. It would be more honest. Is looks to me like the companies that advertise for "documentation specialists" are bottom feeding, trying to get somebody who will do two jobs for one pay rate.


--- On Mon, 2/1/10, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:

> From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> Subject: What *is* a documentation specialist?
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: Monday, February 1, 2010, 10:53 AM
> I found an ad on line for a "tech
> writer / documentation specialist" and
> the job description seems to say that the writer will get
> stuck doing
> all the clerical tasks, including arranging everyone else's
> stuff in
> file cabinets.
>
> That job is called "file clerk" where I come from, and is
> generally
> entry level. The skills of creativity and investigation
> that are
> required for being a tech writer would, I imagine, be a
> great hazard in
> the person of a file clerk.
>
> Should I bone up on coffee-making (I don't drink the
> stuff), make sure I
> remember the order of the alphabet, and tell them $11.42
> per hour is
> just fine? (No, I don't know what they want to pay. It
> can't be much.)
> If I were to file by second letter of the primary name,
> instead of the
> first letter, then I would become totally indispensible and
> I could
> demand a raise to $16.42. I'd never have any time to do
> their tech
> writing, though.
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