I’ve been look­ing for a job (though some­what lack­adaisi­cal­ly) for a while. I keep an eye on sev­er­al dif­fer­ent job list­ing sites and send out some resumes every week. I haven’t got­ten many respons­es, but I haven’t sent that many out, either. I was­n’t respond­ing to any ads unless I met every one of their requirements.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most of those ads for tech writ­ers or QA peo­ple list a whole bunch of dif­fer­ent soft­ware pack­ages as “require­ments.” I learn any new soft­ware extreme­ly quick­ly, but I don’t hap­pen to have access to Mer­cury Win­run­ner, or any of the Ratio­nal soft­ware prod­ucts, Robo­Help, or the cur­rent ver­sions of FrameMak­er or Dreamweaver.

I final­ly real­ized that some of those “require­ments” are real­ly “pref­er­ences.” And last week I sent out a cou­ple of respons­es to jobs demand­ing famil­iar­i­ty with a pack­age I’ve nev­er used. I did­n’t men­tion that and it isn’t on my resume—I just stressed the expe­ri­ence I do have. And I got a response today ask­ing about my min­i­mum hourly rate.

I may nev­er hear from the guy again, but some response is bet­ter than none. And maybe some­thing will come of it.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙂excit­ed
Cur­rent Music: “Own True Way” — Great Big Sea
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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