Re: TW or Computer Operator?

Subject: Re: TW or Computer Operator?
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 1999 13:10:28 -0600

My least favorite question from recruiters: "How long have you known such and

This usually indicates a high level of ignorance on the recruiter's part. I've
started countering with a sweet smile, even if it is over the phone, and saying,
quite gently, "That's the wrong question. The question is how WELL do I know it.
For example, I've known whatever for x years, but on a scale of one to ten....I
might be a one - if I'm lucky. I've only known whachamacallit for y years, but
on a scale of one to ten, I'm probably at least an eight, more likely nine."

How long we've known a tool may have little to do with our proficiency in a
tool. We always need to make that distinction when knowledge in a specific tool
is required.

Jo Byrd

Anthony Markatos wrote:

> Kathleen Kuvinka said, in part:
> ... I want to know what tools you used in the past, and for how long, and what
> you created with them (a pamphlet? a book?).
> And Tony Markatos responded:
> This sounds like the comments of a Kelly (Temporary) Services placement
> specialist looking to place a computer operator - for about ten bucks an
> hour. Really!

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