Subject Matter Knowledge

Subject: Subject Matter Knowledge
From: Rachael Lininger <techwhirl -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:07:53 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>

>I'm a bit more flexible in my requirements (and I've managed publications in
>both the fields you mention above). A BS in most any flavor of science or
>engineering demonstrates the ability to acquire technical knowledge. Three
>to five years of working experience as a technical writer with a relatively
>portfolio of past work and good references suggests an ability to acquire an
>understanding of end users. After that, all the usual candidate evaluation
>stuff applies.

And if you're new to the field, subject matter knowledge can make the
difference between getting that three to five years of experience, and
getting years of experience as a clerical temp. Being able to demonstrate
at the interview that the busy team isn't going to have to gently lead you
through their subject is a major advantage. I'm still boggled that I got this
job. But my knowledge of computer security is probably why, not my
writing (I'm vain about it, but it's not that hard to find), or my experience
(very little), or even, frankly, my references (the last job was horrific,
though I do have good references from elsewhere).

Now, I just need to learn the subject matter of "working in Corporate
America." I failed mindreading in school, so it's difficult.



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