Re: Baseline Skillset

Subject: Re: Baseline Skillset
From: Win Day <winday -at- home -dot- com>
To: Loretta Vosk <lavosk -at- wolfenet -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 19:19:19 -0500

At 12:42 PM 12/19/99 -0800, Loretta Vosk wrote:

<SNIP the details>

>Please tell me: What good is mastery of these baseline skills, if
>employability hinges on one's familiarity with specific software

It doesn't. You just have to find your market.

I don't use FrameMaker. I own it, but I've never used it on a contract.
I've never needed to, so I've never learned it.

I don't write online help. I own RoboHELP, but again, I've never used it.

I'm getting into designing web pages, so I'm learning HTML etc. But that's
because I'm interested in branching out, not because it's necessary for how
I make my living.

In almost 8 years of freelancing, the longest stretch I've ever been out of
work was 6 weeks. I write hardcopy documentation -- much of it for oil
companies and engineering firms.

Win Day
Technical Writer

mailto:winday -at- wordsplus -dot- net

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