Re: Framemaker required

Subject: Re: Framemaker required
From: Kent Newton <KentN -at- METRIX-INC -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 06:54:00 PST

On Tuesday, March 19, 1996 11:24 PM, Richard Mateosian quoted this
unattributed quote:

>>Why do people think *anyone* can be a writer? Why does my boss pay
>>our contract desktop publishers more than our contract writers?

And then he offered these thoughts:

>Those sound like the wrong questions to me.

>Are you happy with the recognition and remuneration you receive?

>If yes, don't worry about what others get paid. Relax and enjoy your

>If no, ask for everything you want. Then be ready to negotiate. If you
>reach an agreement you feel good about, find someplace else to ply your
>trade. Don't sell yourself short. ...RM

He quotes two questions, but only addresses the second, which, in my
opinion, is the less important of the two. I agree with the original
writer in wondering why people think that *anyone* can write. Granted,
not all employers fall into that category, but a large portion of the ads
I see run along these lines:

Full Time Technical Writer Position Available. Experience with [tool of
choice] required.

No mention is made of research or writing skills. You'd think they would
at least add something like "Experience writing [type of manual]

Kent Newton
Senior Technical Writer
Metrix, Inc.
kentn -at- metrix-inc -dot- com

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