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I'm Evil

weather: cloudy
outside: 7.4°C
mood: eeevil
Being in software in North America means we don't have a dress code. I usually wear jeans, some random shirt (t-shirt in the summer, maybe a sweater in the winter) and a pair of sneakers to work. I don't wear makeup. I don't do my hair... I don't even comb my hair.

Today, I went to work wearing a business outfit. A burgundy shirt under a suit jacket, A SKIRT... THAT MATCHES THE JACKET (OMGOMG!!!), pantyhose, heels (but sensible shoes). I haven't worn a skirt in at least a year and NEVER to Work. I did minimal makeup, but it's still a fairly big contrast to my regular days looking like a dead broom.

Now, about the only time IT folks dress like this is for job interviews.

*ominous chord*

My IT Director questioned me about it and I replied, "I have an interview."

You could just _hear_ the *schlyoop* sound of her face falling. =}

    "The company is in downtown as well... you might have heard of them... Work? They're looking for a Tech Writer in the Vancouver office."

Oh, I got her good. XD XD Well, I did offer her a hug afterwards. =)

I also got a few cow-orkers too =D I've always believed in working to the Hit-By-A-Bus Rule™. I try to leave as much documentation and instructions as possible for others in my group. I try to satisfy the question: If I suddenly disappear off the face of the planet tomorrow, what does my team need to continue without me?

I also believe in letting everyone gain breadth of knowledge. I like rotating people around to different tasks. It's a little more time consuming but it really pays off when we don't lose a lot of time when someone goes on vacation or suddenly has to take bereavement leave or whatever. I don't like companies that have people "specialize" in certain components only. I'm never very vocal about that, I've never had to be because Work is very sane and usually on the same page with me about it. This week, though, I've been saying a few things out loud.

In meetings, I've been saying things like "so, who can I give this thing to?" and "I'm going to pass this task off to So&so."

I had people going too =D

So, yes, until we hire a real Tech Writer, we can pretend and hobble along with yours truly. It's just something that I haven't tried before. I've done Tech Support, I've done Development, I've done QA. This is a new corner that I haven't poked in yet.

I don't even know if I qualify, I still might not get the job. I'm so far from an English Major, it's not even funny. I found qualifications and job postings online and some of them looked kinda scary. The Project Manager is humouring me with an interview (hence the attire), but that's all I know right now.

I'm also enrolling myself in Beginning Italian come January. Our manuals are translated into French and Italian by professional translators, but I'd like to learn some very basics so that I have some familiarity and small bits can go much faster.

I say, if we're going to hobble, let's hobble with class and panache.


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Dec. 9th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Ah, cool, thanks =)
Dec. 9th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the tech writing application! You are already on the right track, making sure things get documented.

And if you need help after you get the job :-) there may be some useful advice at Techwr-l, an online community for technical writers (which I haven't visited for awhile).

And you already know some technical writers if you need suggestions or advice.
Dec. 9th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
Dec. 9th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Small perks of the tech writing gig that I've discovered so far, now a whole month(!) into my new role:

- PDF-based documentation. PRETTY.
- Framemaker. EASY + POWERFUL.
- Printing on high quality paper. There's just something in the feel of it that strikes a chord with my nerdly anal-retentive need for a polished final product.

Congratulations on taking on the new role.
But quit dressing up.
We tech writers have standards.
And those standards are loooow.
Quit raisin' the bar.
Dec. 9th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Perks
Heh, the dressing up is too scary to do every day XD
Dec. 10th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
heh i saw u on learn_italiano earlier
Dec. 10th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah =) Our translators are volunteers from the Montreal and Rome branches. If we have large bits of translating (like the manuals), we hire a contractor to do it. With small bits and pieces (like an error message or two), it's hard to justify the overhead.

I'm supposed to just give them the English and let them give me the translation, but I find that if I write it first, however mangled it is, I get a response much faster. People have an easier time correcting what's wrong than creating things from scratch to begin with. And we're all naturally slightly defensive about a foreigner mangling their language and have the urge to correct it =D
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