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Subject:Re: Can this career be saved? From:beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:11:11 -0700
A lot depends on your location. Take a look at Dice.com and see what tools
are cited in the job reqs in your area. Here in Silicon Valley, XMetaL and
tools like Flare and RoboHelp are becoming very important. FrameMaker
is still a tech writing standard, but its market share is diminishing.
That may not be true in other areas in the country. Check the job market
before you invest time in learning new tools.
On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>wrote:
> On 06/06/2011 03:12 PM, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
>> Well, it certainly can't hurt. But I still think that most non-pubs
>> hiring managers will be more concerned about erosion of skills and
>> knowledge in subject matter than in writing. Most of them already
>> think that anyone can write. :)
> "Yes, you were good at using skills you acquired on the fly to write about
> something you never heard of before. But this is Modern Times, not way back
> when. Nobody can write about OUR stuff unless they already know it. That's
> what our tech guys tell me. I think they said we're using Ajax and an ISP.
> We'd have them write but they're too busy. And we only started up ten
> months ago, so if you were writing ten years ago, you'll probably want too
> much money."
> Doing writing for pay is better than a course with other non-writing
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