Re: "Age-old" question

Subject: Re: "Age-old" question
From: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:48:57 -0500

" Iâve seen quite a few writersâ job listings for that have phrases such as
âbalance right with right awayâ, which certainly tells us what a company
thinks of the tech writerâs work."

Maybe I'm wrong but it sounds to me like that market is tailor made for
marketing onself as having so much experience you know what needs to be
done when you arrive on day one. Response is, "with me you get both."

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"And yes, anyone can write, but not everyone has the skills and the
experience to write documentation that's good enough to make customers
happy."

True. Problem is, bosses tend to think writing is easy. Hell, they "know"
it's easy - they've seen themselves do it. Problem is, overcoming that
needs having enough time to develop a comparison you can so. And it's
tricky because you can't risk ticking off the boss by showing him how bad
his writing actually is.

On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
wrote:

> And yes, anyone can write, but not everyone has the skills and the
> experience to write documentation that's good enough to make customers
> happy.
>
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> > "You're expensive" translates into "Anyone can write." One way around
> > this is to get something an engineer/developer has written, and then
> > rewrite it to be client-facing. Then have a higher-up look at both and
> > ask which document they'd rather place in front of a client. If you
> > still get the same answer, then they are simply not willing to pay for
> your services.
>
> Yes, absolutely. The unsubtle implication is that they do feel that anyone
> can write.
>
> And if it was sufficiently important for me to invest my timeâI couldn't
> justify doing this on the company's dime, that's for sureâthis would be a
> good approach. Instead, I'll invest my time looking/preparing for the next
> client, and not be surprised to be shown the door in the near future.
> That's the way it is in this world.
>
> To bring this back to the OP's topic: yes, my reaction is certainly
> different now (at 50+) than 10+ years ago, when I'd have put all sorts of
> effort into retaining an assignment. But this bullying ("dynamic") business
> environment now elicits more of a "beans on them" attitude, as a
> long-deceased relative used to say :-). And I'll just move on when need be.
> Until then, I'm happy to do the work that they do deem necessary.
>
> -Monique
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References:
Re: "Age-old" question: From: Jody Zolli
RE: "Age-old" question: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: "Age-old" question: From: Monique Semp
RE: "Age-old" question: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: "Age-old" question: From: Monique Semp
RE: "Age-old" question: From: Cardimon, Craig

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