Re: OT: Early Friday funnies

Subject: Re: OT: Early Friday funnies
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "'Elisa R. Sawyer'" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com>, 'Lauren' <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>, tammyvb -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:27:04 -0400

I think it's an exercise in creative bureaucracy. Sometimes a crazy job listing is intended for a preselected internal candidate. Perhaps the current position's pay scale is inadequate to retain a key employee, and it's too much trouble to change the scale or to create a totally new position. What to do? Move the chosen person into an existing job slot that has a better pay scale, in this case called "technical writer." The job will need to be posted for outside hiring, however. How to avoid having to interview hopefuls? Make the job description repulsive and contradictory. VoilÃ!

On Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:32:25 -0400, <tammyvb -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com> wrote:

Nope, wasnât even a technical writing job at all - more like a very soft skills/touchy feely type of position, with writing to change management and making folks feel all warm/comfy/fuzzy in a new working environment. . . why the word "technical" was even in the job description is beyond me.

Tammy Van Boening
Tammy dot vanboening at spectrumwritingllc dot com
www.spectrumwritingllc.com

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Subject: Re: OT: Early Friday funnies

I have discovered that a poorly written job post is not always the fault of the company that has the open req. I have had some great experiences working on projects that at first I was inclined to reject based on the job post.

I'm with Lauren and Rick in guessing that they are looking for people who can write about automotive or mechanical procedures and/or products. I personally know someone who designs high-tech valves for several industries including oil extraction and refining, chemical and medical.

-Elisa



On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 4:24 PM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:

The post does say "specific" technical writing skillset. What does
"specific" mean? It could be something like automotive technology
where the technical editors are required to have automotive
mechanical experience to edit automotive content. ALLDATA's (they like
caps) description for Technical Editor III wants this, "The ability to
leverage technology to enable publication of automotive content into
ALLDATAâs market leading products is required." A friend of mine had
that job and he didn't do any writing.

I found the job description you mentioned and that one sounds like a
nightmare. "Ability to accept feedback from multiple sources and work
through ambiguities is critical."

On 3/15/2018 5:36 PM, tammyvb -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com wrote:

...
The desired candidate will have a specific technical writing
skillset. NOT to include IT, technical or medical writing experience.


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References:
OT: Early Friday funnies: From: tammyvb
Re: OT: Early Friday funnies: From: Lauren
Re: OT: Early Friday funnies: From: Elisa R. Sawyer
RE: OT: Early Friday funnies: From: tammyvb

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