RE: Hiring a Writer with little experience - Summary

Subject: RE: Hiring a Writer with little experience - Summary
From: "Ahuja, Rasil K Ms IMCEN/RCI" <Rasil -dot- Ahuja -at- hqda -dot- army -dot- mil>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:03:02 -0500

Thanks to all of you who responded to my query.

My departure is amiable. The company would like me to stay and they asked
whether they could counter-offer. I politely declined because they cannot
match the opportunity for which I am leaving.

I was not asked to assist in the hiring of my replacement. It was during a
casual conversation when I learned of this candidate's qualifications. I
informed my employer that I thought it was unwise to hire someone who is
green, knowing that there is lack of interest here on the part of engineers
with anything that is related to documentation. If there was another writer
on staff who could mentor this candidate, it would an entirely different
scenario.

As far as me being available to the new hire after I leave, I'm sorry but I
definitely do not want to handhold for an extended period. My new position
will entail learning an entirely new set of tools and products. I'm very
excited about this move and I intend on being completely dedicated to this
position.

However, what I will do is leave a well-organized directory with a Read Me
file. I plan on describing in detail the history of the various projects on
which I worked, the requirements for future documentation and the POCs for
all of them. I can leave her information about TECHWR-L as well (since she's
new to the field). That is about all I can think of that is relevant.

Based on all the mails on this subject, it seems that I'm right in the
middle.

Thanks, again!
-Rasil




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