Re: Re[2]: Resume Scrn. Comments & Question

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Resume Scrn. Comments & Question
From: Tracy Boyington <tboyi -at- ODVTEWS1 -dot- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:42:21 +0000

Don Smith said:

> Comment: (Re-"Where do you expect to be in 5 years?")

> I *like* what I do! I have been Publications Department Manager
> (elsewhere), I have been General Manager of a company (also,
> elsewhere). I like what I do now, which is writing technical
> electronics manuals, articles, books, etc.. I *don't want to be upward
> mobile". Is there something wrong with this? Does this make me a less
> desirable Technical Writer? (I know, I use caps for TW.) IF so, why?
> How do you say this to the interview who expects you to say you will
> have their job in 5 years?

Don, I have the same problem. I don't want to be on the other side of
the desk. Quite honestly, it would be the seventh level of hell for
me. You just have to figure out what you _do_ want to be doing in 5
years. Do you want more experience on certain kinds of projects? Do
you want to become proficient in certain tools? Are there things you
don't do yet that you *do* want to do (such as training, designing
web pages, programming, whatever)? I don't to be promoted into
management, but there are lots of other things out there that you can
discuss in an interview and still look like you've put some thought
into the future. Who knows, maybe they'll be relieved that you don't
want their job.


Tracy Boyington
tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

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