Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?

Subject: Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?
From: Mike McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:59:06 -0600

I started out as a documentation specialist, too (after two years as a
Software Technician; i.e., tech support). That was the title my predecessor
chose. I was Gene's #2, a lone writer. A year later, there was a
compensation study and I got bumped to Senior Documentation Specialist.

A few jobs later, and now I'm a Document Architect -- and again a lone
writer!

Mike McCallister
Coming soon: "WordPress in Depth"
Author, "openSUSE Linux Unleashed"
Notes from the Metaverse: http://metaverse.wordpress.com


On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 10:15 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> I have seen this title used to describe:
>
> 1. Technical writers
> 2. Technical writers who will need to be one-person publications groups
> 3. Document production and release support positions
> 4. Admins who also do DTP
>
> IOW, it's pretty much a meaningles title and you have to read the job
> description in detail.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> >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.
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References:
What *is* a documentation specialist?: From: Peter Neilson
Re: What *is* a documentation specialist?: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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