Re: predicting successful writers

Subject: Re: predicting successful writers
From: Hillary Jones <hillary -at- NICHIMEN -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 16:46:17 -0700

Here's something related that I've wondered about: what do people expect
from entry-level writers and entry-level positions?

A couple of months back, my company advertised for an entry-level
writer, and we got an applicant who had no writing experience
whatsoever; when we asked him about his qualifications for the position,
he kept emphasizing that we'd advertised for entry-level! He took that
to mean that he didn't really need qualifications (other than a desire
to learn). Personally I didn't know what to make of that--*does*
entry-level mean no experience whatsoever? When people advertise for an
entry-level writer, what sort of qualifications are they expecting?

Also, the tasks we wanted the new writer to perform were editing and
writing user guides and helping us to implement online help. Are those
considered entry-level tasks? I'd be interested in what employees think
of as entry-level tasks, and what employers think of as entry-level
tasks. I sort of question whether the two would match up.

--Hillary Jones

Hillary Jones
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