Re: A good title for a tw?

Subject: Re: A good title for a tw?
From: Jeanette Feldhousen <jeanette_feldhousen -at- MENTORG -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 30 May 1997 17:29:50 -0700

On May 30, 11:28am, Wilcox, John (Contractor) wrote:
> Hey, wait a minute. I'm a Documentation Specialist. That's the title
> Weyerhaeuser gave me and I like it. It says more than TW. Hopefully,
> it tells people that I do more than write about technical stuff,
> documentation is my specialty. Anybody can do documentation of sorts,
> but I (should) do a "special" job of it. If I had business cards, I
> would probably use DS as my title on them.

I liked my title from my previous job, which was Learning Products Engineer.
I thought it showed that I produced more than documentation: in addition
to manuals, I created online help and CBTs, and I produced instructional

A word of warning, though. When I went to look for a job, I put on my
resume that I wanted to work as a learning products engineer (this was on
an early draft) and gave it to a recruiter. Later, my husband was talking
to someone in personnel at this company when he was looking for a job as
an engineer there. The personnel guy figured that we were related, and told
my husband that he didn't know what "learning products" were. He ended up
routing it to the marcom department, which was not what I wanted. The moral
of this story: don't use a title on your resume that will confuse the people
in personnel. They would have routed "Technical Writer" correctly.


Jeanette Feldhousen jeanette_feldhousen -at- mentorg -dot- com
Mentor Graphics Corporation
8005 SW Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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