Re: Am I a Senior Technical Writer?

Subject: Re: Am I a Senior Technical Writer?
From: Wayne Hausmann <wayne -at- SES -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 17:44:19 CDT

Matt... I once read an article about office dress code
that contained the following aphorism:

"Dress for the job you _want_ to have tomorrow, not for
the job you already have today."

Personally, I think you should 'dress' your resume with
the same advice in mind.

--Wayne in Austin


> From TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU Wed Jun 12 16:15:06 1996

> During the most recent management reshuffling and hierarchy rebuilding, I was
> listed on the org chart as a Senior Technical Writer. I protested this title,
> citing the fact that I have only 2 years professional experience, but the
> head honchos weren't very interested in changing the sacred chart. So the
> title remains.

> On my resume, should I list my title at this company as Senior Technical
> Writer? Even though I know that, by experience, I should be a staff Technical
> Writer?

> The company is a reputable, publicly-traded software developer,
> and the HR records will officially list me as a Senior Technical Writer.
> However, I know that my knowledge, experience, and salary are not at the
> Senior Technical Writer level, at least not by my definitions.

> I don't want to sound pompous on my resume by being a 25-year-old Senior,
> but I don't want to belittle myself, either.

> Any advice would be welcome,
> Thanks in advance,

> Matt Danda, Senior Technical Writer


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