Re: What is a Senior Technical

Subject: Re: What is a Senior Technical
From: Marilynne Smith <mrsmith -at- CTS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 22:43:18 -0700

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>I market myself as a senior technical writer.

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I consider myself a Senior Writer. I have 18 years of technical writing and
editing experience. You can assign a project to me, walk away, and expect a
quality result on time. I can train others.

Here are some of the things I think count when looking for the title:

** Years of experience (over 5, 8 is better)

** Responsibilities at current job. Are you team leader, supervisor,
contributing ideas, able to do a fine job without supervision? These things

** What are they willing to pay you? If they are willing to pay you a lot,
then they have a lot of respect for your abilities (or need you desperately,
or don't know the going wage).

There are probably more. Most of all, I would say, do you feel like a
Senior Writer or is this still something hoped for? If you strive for
honesty, you can be a pretty good judge of your abilities.

Marilynne Smith
mrsmith -at- cts -dot- com

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