Re: Lament

Subject: Re: Lament
From: Emily Skarzenski <eskarzenski -at- DTTUS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 1996 16:26:53 CST

> I went to two job fairs yesterday. Each fair had about 40 companies
> looking to fill high-tech positions. Each company posted a listing
> of jobs available. Only three companies out of the 80 or so
> advertised for technical writers.
>
> Undeterred, I asked at each booth if they needed any tech writers.
> Invariably the answer was "Yes"!
>
> Why is it that these high-tech companies posted job listings for
> programmers, engineers, UNIX support, etc. but "forgot" to post tech
> writer positions?

Consider yourself lucky. I attended a high-tech job fair a week and a
half ago. The overwhelming majority of the ~40 companies there were
computer consulting firms, and only two or three said they hired
technical writers.

I asked a few of them who wrote their documentation. Most of their
answers ran along the lines of "Our programmers do it -- and a fine
job they do, too!" I resisted the urge to proselytize; it wasn't the
right venue.

My lament is this: Too much of the world is *still* unaware of our
collective talent.

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Emily M. Skarzenski
Deloitte & Touche/ICS - Chadds Ford, PA
eskarzenski -at- dttus -dot- com

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