FW: Re: Ye Olde Tar Heel...

Subject: FW: Re: Ye Olde Tar Heel...
From: Deborah Holmes <dholmes -at- BOSTONTECHNOLOGY -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 10:08:44 -0500

>From the employer's side consider: would you hire someone at full pay who
>is not fully trained and with a successful track record in what you need
>the new hire to do pretty quick after coming board? <snip>

>The answer is, overwhelming, yes. That's why there are jobs called "entry
>level." It may be that an entry level tech writer can't find a job outside of
>the "tech belts." But in 1989, when I retooled and took off into tech
>writing, I hadn't had an internship, I didn't have a degree in English, never
>mind a Masters. I got a job for $30K, and have worked through the major
>downturn in Massachusetts, for ever-increasing salary. I'm a little ahead of
>the STC curve and I am not a technical wizzard.

>First of all, don't listen to gloomsters. You *can* get work as a tech
>writer. What you need is an entry level job. Interview the company on the
>phone before you go to talk with anybody so you don't waste your energy and
>deplete you self-esteem. I've talked to more than one hiring manager when I
>was hunting for work, and have been offered jobs that I felt were beyond my
>technical grasp. Lots of managers hire new, bright, enthusiastic people,
>because they know the newbies will offset their lack of knowledge with the
>energy that mastering a new field brings.

>You can do it!

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