RE: Certification -- what's in it for writers

Subject: RE: Certification -- what's in it for writers
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:26:40 -0400

If a resume is "really light" on what the candidate's done, where the
candidate's done it, and what positive results the candidate can point
to, the only reason to keep reading is that you're looking for an
entry-level technical writer. But the current STC cert process isn't
intended for them.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene Kim-Eng
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 3:12 PM
To: Jerry Franklin
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Certification -- what's in it for writers

>From the POV of someone who periodically hires technical writers,
there's no way that I'm going to put a certification down as a hiring
prerequisite (and HR screeners work off hiring manager prerequisites,
not off any knowledge they may or may not have or think they have about
an open position) or use it as a justification to my management for
hiring someone unless I have a reasonable expectation that it is at
least a partial predictor of a candidate's chances of being able to do
the job.

The part of your resume that is getting most of my attention is what
you've done, where you've done it and what positive results you can
point to. It's only when those sections are really light that I pay any
attention at all to the rest of the resume.

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