What employers want (WAS grammar... etc.)

Subject: What employers want (WAS grammar... etc.)
From: "Comeau, Lisa" <Lisa -dot- Comeau -at- MOH -dot- GOV -dot- ON -dot- CA>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 14:13:15 -0500

Before I decide to finish reading the posts on this topic, and while
humbling myself to apologise for diving into the shallow waters of
gramattical criticism and witticism, I just have to say to those of you who
say "potential employers are watching - put your best foot forward":

1) yep, you're probably correct - employers ARE probably doing their best
"Big Brother" impression
2) correct sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar are important for
SOME writers (I say some, because some of you have the "luxury" of editors
3) not everyone on the list considers English their first language - and how
do you know?
4) if I were about to hire someone from this list, I'd rather take someone
who can admit their faults than one who spends all of his or her time
pointing out the faults of others

My new topic is this:

For those of you responsible for hiring in the past (or present), what
skills/personality traits/experience are you willing to place lowest on your
list when hiring a TW? (i.e.: if the ad calls for
-university education
-6 years experience
-TW degree
-American citizenship
-eager to please
-works well under pressure
-skilled with PageMaker/FrameMaker/MS Word/COBOL Programming
-sunny disposition
which of those types of things are you going to "need" vs. "want"?)

I am just curious, and since we seem to be talking about jobs an awful lot
lately, I would like to know what you _really_ look for in an employee. Can
you make a good TW out of a really nice guy who took grade 3 English, or

DISCLAIMER: The preceeding was an OPINION question, which means that when
answering it, your response will NOT be considered Gospel, and people may
disagree with you. If you can handle that, feel free to reply.

Lisa Comeau
Ontario, Canada
"I love to dance in the light of the TECHWR-L flames...it makes me feel
-attributed to a crazy techwhirler singed to death on afternoon in May

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