Re: % of time technical writers spend on core tasks?

Subject: Re: % of time technical writers spend on core tasks?
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:27:03 -0400

When I told him I started something in 1995 and still did it, he clarified with "how much of that time did you spend doing that?" He wanted time on the subject. Basically, he had no grasp on what was actually required or what it all meant. I agree with your example, I should have 10 years experience with Visio. But he thought I may only have a few months, since I used it a few days here, a few days there, and so on.

But then, this is what you get for many recruiters today, and you have to somehow get past them to the job.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>; <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:01 PM
Subject: RE: % of time technical writers spend on core tasks?



I think either you're misunderstanding the recruiter or the recruiter is misunderstanding what information is needed. For all the questions above, I think what's called for is the number of years of experience, not the cumulative total number of hours spent. E.g., if you began using Visio in 1995 and used it off and on since, except for 3 years in the mid-2000s, then you have 10 years of experience with Visio.

I think the repetition is a standard questioning technique for tripping up liars.


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