RE: [newtech-1] WANTED: Technical Creative Writer (or creative technical writer)

From: Dean C.
Sent on: Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:38 AM

Lol – Pamela – there’s only 1 of me so sorry whilst they may eventually find someone to ‘fill’ the role it’s still up to the employer to sell me on why I should bring my experience to their company.

 

Regards,

Dean Collins
Cognation Pty Ltd
[address removed]
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[masked] (Sydney in-dial).


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Pamela
Sent: Thursday, 30 August 2007 10:27 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] WANTED: Technical Creative Writer (or creative technical writer)

 

I think you're right...it is about fear (tho in the opposite direction).  The fear should should come from looking tacky.  I would put up an instant red flag if someone asked me about $$$ over the what the position entails and how my professional history can add to it.  Do you really want to turn off the interviewer in the first 15 minutes?  Not recommended.

 

The truth is....if that is the most important question you have, be afraid.  It's important to know your environment, who you're working for, if the team has been together forever and if they'd be willing to accept a new person into their group.  Often times, the money will be there for the right person.  More often than not, people leave their jobs based on environment vs. what they're there to do.

 

So...if making 500k is worth working for a tyrant..then great. 

 

Don't forget, you're the one looking for the job...not them.  They will find the person regardless.

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From: Bruce <[address removed]>
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Date: 08/30/[masked]:09AM
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] WANTED: Technical Creative Writer (or creative technical writer)

Agreed.  And it's hardly ever a "given the pay will be good" with small, early stage technology companies.  Though perhaps a better first question would have been more along the lines of what level person they're looking for.

 

 

On Aug 30, 2007, at 10:02 AM, Dean Collins wrote:



Double lol Angel, I have no idea why people in this country are afraid of asking what the pay is like.

 

What is it that you are afraid of asking about this for? If you aren?t there for the money then go sit on a beach somewhere instead ? the view will be better.

 

I have never walked out of an interview without asking whats the pay scale and if it?s not discussed in the first 10-15 minutes I will point blank ask ? no point in wasting their time if they are expecting someone more junior.

 

 

 

Regards,

Dean Collins
Cognation Pty Ltd
[address removed]
[masked] Ph
[masked] ( Sydney in-dial).


From: [address removed] [mailto: [address removed] ] On Behalf Of Angel
Sent: Thursday, 30 August 2007 9:28 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] WANTED: Technical Creative Writer (or creative technical writer)

 

lol, nice interview question, good to break the ice and not get a job.

No clue what pay is, its probably the least of the worries to the writer we're looking for. It's a given pay will be good.

On 8/30/07, jc < [address removed] > wrote:

Hi what is the pay like ?

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From: [address removed] [mailto: [address removed] ] On Behalf Of Angel
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:18 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [newtech-1] WANTED: Technical Creative Writer (or creative technical writer)

 

 Every year technology companies release a whole lot of fancy new software products. Sadly, the support materials built into most of these whiz-bang products are more like fizzling afterthoughts, written by either sadists or innocents who appear to grasp neither writing nor technology. We've got another idea.

 

Temboo is a small technology company based in Tribeca, NYC. We've built a set of tools that allow non-programmers to quickly design and implement information workflows that connect multiple remote services and applications. Think of it as a way of drawing a software product that actually works. Now we're looking for a writer who can help us craft documentation that's as handy as the products it describes.

 

We need someone to work on both a formal product manual (150-ish pages) and a kindly help system. Our modest goal is to provide our users with pertinent information in a language they can understand. That means explaining the basic functions and lexicon of the system, as well as gently elucidating some fairly sophisticated engineering concepts to a civilian audience. The bottom line is, we like our users and we want them to like us back. We don't want to hurt their feelings or give them temper tantrums.

 

If you've got the smarts to tackle the technical challenges of this sort of project, the willpower to eschew the passive voice, and a capacity for crafting titles of lovely rounded gerunds, get in touch with us. This is a contractor position with the potential for an ongoing relationship. Some telecommuting is fine, but you'll need to meet with us regularly in person, and initially be willing to spend a few weeks in our office as you learn about our products.

 

Send your resume and a couple of writing samples, (including a bit of creative writing) to: [address removed] .

 



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