ENTRY LEVEL

Subject: ENTRY LEVEL
From: Richard Cook <Cook-Richard -at- CDSSOFTWARE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:33:04 -0700

Jeffrey,

In your situation I would not hesitate to pursue a non-entry level
position where the posting says 5 years experience. Be honest on your
resume and in an interview, but strongly characterize the experience you
do have. In my opinion, the two primary skills in documenting hardware &
software are *comprehension of the technology* and *ability to
communicate*. The tools are secondary.

However, I would suggest (as Janet Valade and George Mena mentioned in
their replies) that you try to *manufacture* some more relevant
experience. A hiring manager may not get everything they ask for in a
posting, but if I don't see most of what I ask for, I will wait rather
than offer. If the only skill you have (of the three I mention above) is
*ability to communicate*, I might not even offer you an entry level
interview. But if you have two out of three, you're more likely to
warrant a closer look.

Richard Cook
CDS Software
cook-richard -at- cdssoftware -dot- com




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