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

Subject: Re: Certification -- what's in it for writers
From: Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: robert -at- lauriston -dot- com, TECHWR-L Digest <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:19:49 -0400

Robert Lauriston wrote:

> Certification would be a substantial expense with zero benefit to any
> individual tech writer except in the zero-sum game of beating out
> another tech writer for a job.

Your premise is false; certification is not a "zero-sum game." I have previously given the general economic factors that make employers compete for and remunerate certified professionals (because they cost less and reduce risk).

It would be ideal if there was a job for everyone and everyone had an ideal job and no one ever got turned down for a job they wanted. But in reality, the job market is Darwinian. Let's assume for the sake of argument that certification IS a zero-sum game, and that by obtaining a certification you are making yourself more likely to get a job at the expense of someone else. It's your choice how to compete for a job. You can get additional training, polish your résumé, build a portfolio, practice interviewing skills, or get certified. You are also free to choose not to compete. But you can't impose your choice on others.

-- Steve

Steven Jong ("Typo? What tpyo?")
SteveFJong -at- comcast -dot- net
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