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Subject:Want Ads From:Steve Fouts <sfouts -at- ELLISON -dot- SC -dot- TI -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 28 Feb 1994 10:34:16 CST
I was perusing some want ads this weekend, and noticed one from a large
and influential company looking for a Technical Writer. I was scanning
the ad and saying to myself, "O.k., I can do that, yup, uh-huh, sounds
The oops was when I hit, "typing, 60 wpm desired." This, to me, says in
big red letters, "WARNING! This company has absolutely no respect for the
profession of technical writing!" And I resumed scanning. Am I offbase?
Do you out there have any other huge red flags that you see in want ads.
The only other one that I dislike is a request for salary history, since
it implies price shopping, but I ignore that one.
Please reply to the list...
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