Re: Still looking -- Entry-level writer in Ann Arbor, MI

Subject: Re: Still looking -- Entry-level writer in Ann Arbor, MI
From: John Lord <jlord -at- LIVINGSTON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 12:41:49 -0700

The description of an "ideal candidate" provided by Susan clearly indicates
to me that this is really an entry-level position. Many of the folks I know
in this business could readily meet all or most of these requirements when
they graduated with a tech writing degree or post-graduate certification
course. Yet they had no professional writing experience beyond an
internship. If Susan had asked for 1 or more years experience the story
would have been different - but she didn't. Perhaps the differences in
interpretation between Roger and me explains why the recent thread on
trying to define entry-level went on and on and on... Or, have standards
been lowered to the point that anyone with a few weeks experience is not to
be considered as entry-level?

John Lord

At 08:22 AM 5/1/98 +0100, Roger Smith wrote:
>"Susan E. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- STEEPLECHASE -dot- COM> wrote
>Entry-level tech writer wanted!
>Steeplechase Software is a fast growing, aggressive company seeking
>entrepreneurial people to grow with us. We want motivated, energetic
>individuals who are excited about being challenged and acquiring new
>The ideal candidate has:
>- A degree in technical communication or a related field
>- Experience writing technical documentation (internship or classroom)
>- The ability to pick up tools and technical concepts quickly
>- The ability to work independently with minimal hand-holding
>- Experience with FrameMaker, Windows 95/NT, and some experience with a
>graphics package (CorelDRAW, Illustrator, etc.)
>- A sense of humor and flexibility -- the startup environment creates
>the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, however, it also means
>that we all must be a "jack of all trades" from time to time
>This is another example where companies ask for entry level writers so
>that they can keep the pay down low, yet demand requirements that can
>only be fulfilled by experienced writers!!!
>Roger Smith
>roger -dot- smith3 -at- virgin -dot- net

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