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Subject:Re: resume: making up for no degree From:jarnopol <jarnopol -at- INTERACCESS -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 4 Jun 1999 09:21:10 -0500
Jessica N. Lange was wondering how much difference a TW degree makes.
As for me, I wonder what difference any degree makes. I've been writing
procedures, help text, user manuals, training guides, train-the-trainer
guides, functional specs and the lot for longer than I care to remember. I
did not finish college, do not have a degree in journalism, literature or
technical writing and have no intentions to go back to school at my age unless
it's culinary school.
Everything I know about technical writing, audience analysis, mastery testing,
etc., I've picked up from books, courses/seminars or trial and error. It
hasn't been an easy row to hoe, but it's taught me well.
The last time I interviewed with a firm that required a degree, Ventura was
still the "king" of desktop publishers and everyone still wore suits to work
Given the choice between a fresh-out-of-school writer with a degree in
technical communications and a writer with a couple of years experience but no
degree, I'd probably go with the experience. Now, do I look for this on a
resume? yes and no. I don't think you can effectively communicate EVERTHING
you've done on your 1 or 2-page resume. But you CAN do it in your interview.
And don't forget to send that thank-you note. but only if you're applying for
a full-time permanent position. <g.>