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SussexMedley · 22/06/2017 20:17

NC for this because it's outing. Just been offered an interview for a job on Monday, requires knowledge of Tera editorial systems. I've used a lot of CMSs for work, for website and intranet maintenance but Tera isn't familiar to me and I can't find out much about how it works online. Seems it's now part of Miles33?

Do you know about Tera? What does it do, is it easy to use, is there somewhere online I could get a tutorial? Should I just cancel the interview saying I don't know the system?


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DorisMcSweeney · 22/06/2017 20:39

If the spec says you should have knowledge of Tera, and you don't have knowledge of Tera, I would suggest it probably isn't the job for you!


SussexMedley · 22/06/2017 21:09

Possibly, but I fit every other part of the bill and am familiar with a lot of CMSs, indeed train people on them. I just want an idea of how Tera works, if it's like a standard CMS and if there's an online tutorial searches are coming up blank but someone might be able to help.

Even if it's just to say that Tera is supremely complex and requires extensive and I should cancel the interview, that's useful.

I've read that men are more likely than to apply for jobs even if they don't have the full skill set, figuring they can pick it up...and that this is one major reason for the pay gap and glass ceiling.

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cathf · 23/06/2017 00:06

I have used Tera. Before that, I used Quark. The 'layers' take a bit of getting used to, but I found it reasonably easy to pick up. It isn't as user-friendly as Quark though
To be honest, there are not many places usuing Tera, so the likelihood is that none of the candidates will have experience of it!


SussexMedley · 23/06/2017 06:02

Ah, it's like Quark? Thats helpful, thank you!

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MackerelOfFact · 23/06/2017 06:22

I've never heard of it - Quark is pretty outdated now, so Tera must be virtually obsolete!

Suggest at the interview that you'd improve things by switching to InDesign!


cathf · 23/06/2017 06:33

I am going back about 10 years since I left, Mackeral. I think we went over to Tera in about 2000. I loved Quark!


SussexMedley · 23/06/2017 12:10

Yes, I was surprised I'd never heard of it either. So either I've got no chance at the job or, as cath suggested, nobody else knows it either in which case it isn't a disadvantage! That's what I'm hoping.

I can't remember the last time I came across Quark, it's all InDesign now surely.

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cathf · 23/06/2017 12:54

It wasn't very popular, apart from with the people who procured it (who of course did not have to use it).
IIRC, we were the test centre for the system, and it was supposed to be rolled out to all other centres, but it never was. Make of that what you will.


SussexMedley · 23/06/2017 13:02

If it's not too much to ask (and no problem if it is), would you mind PMing me a brief outline of it and how it works? Not if it's going to take ages and be a pain, of course, but if you are able then I'd be really grateful. Thank you so much.

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cathf · 27/06/2017 12:03

Sorry, I have just seen this now.
Hope your interview went well!

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