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

Subject: RE: Certification -- what's in it for writers
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: 'Steven Jong' <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>, "robert -at- lauriston -dot- com" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, TECHWR-L Digest <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:25:43 +0000

I was with you (Steve Jong) until, "But you can't impose your choice on others." I don't think that is what Robert is trying to do or would propose. In response to your last comment, I would add, in the Darwinian marketplace you can't prevent tech writers from trying to take down a certification scheme that they perceive to be against their best interests.

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

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


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