Re: Tools experience

Subject: Re: Tools experience
From: Thorsten Konersmann <tk -at- documentation -dot- engineering>
To: Tech Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 04 May 2017 21:45:59 +0000

Hi Dave,

I do not disagree with Lynne, but would like to add that bullshitting to
much about stuff you do not know is risky. You are likely to be not
convincing or to be called out. Also, what do you do when you succeed
bullshitting and get a job that you are actually underqualified for?

That said, I would not just give up. I would read up on the matter and play
with open cards. When you read up on the matter, try to find a line of
argument why you think you are a quick study or which of your strengths
will help you with the matter. In addition, emphasize which experiences
else you bring to the table. That way you signal that you are aware of what
they need and that you are willing and able to learn.

I would always try to present my skills accurately, but emphasize those
strengths that are favorable.

Then it is up to them to decide whether it is a fit or not.

Maybe for some reason, they absolutely need someone with solid CMS
experience. In that case, you both might be better of if you do not get the
gig.

Best,
Thorsten

On Thu 4. May 2017 at 20:30, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com> wrote:

> I hope this isn't too obvious, but given that they've been explicit about
> wanting someone with experience in content management systems, you'd best
> do some research so that you can talk about CMS theory/best practices or
> otherwise give them the sense that while you may never have DONE it, you
> have a solid understanding of what its all about, how you would structure
> such a system, etc.
>
> Otherwise, somebody who also has good writing skills but can also talk the
> talk about CMSs will put you out of the running.
>
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> Subject: Tools experience
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> The interview tomorrow will include questions about my experience with
> content management systems. I have none. They want someone âto hit the
> ground runningâ.
>
> This company uses Framemaker with DITA XML standards. While Iâve used
> Frame (long ago) I have no experience with DITA or other tools they are
> asking about: Live Content, Knowledge Center (which I think are not tools
> they use, just another way of asking if Iâve used any CMS).
>
> My strengths are in my 15 years (a decade ago) of experience as a
> writer: information collection including SME interviews; development of
> the document (comes with experience, as we all know); and my experience
> working with electronics (not just writing about it)âIâm a target audience
> of one.
>
> Iâm going to emphasize that tools come and go but writing is a skill that
> outlasts all these. Not the best basis for an interview at a company that
> uses modern CMSâs but I have to go with the strengths I have.
>
> Observations?
>
> Thanks,
> Dave
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Tools experience: From: Dave C
RE: Tools experience: From: Wright, Lynne

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