Landing 'Permanent Resident' Status

Subject: Landing 'Permanent Resident' Status
From: Mark Tipple <MTipple -at- provair -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 16:25:05 -0330


I'm currently employed as a Tech Writer for an aerospace company with a
software development team of about 15 people. The company has never really
taken a formal approach to documenting their software, but recently hired me
on a contract basis to develop manuals for a number of their applications.
Like a lot of software companies, their primary focus lies with programming,
leaving me much to my one devices when it comes to the documentation

Contract positions with this company have a tendency to become permanent.
However, the majority of these contract-to-permanent transitions have
involved programmers. I'm not sure how they feel about having a tech writer
in-house on a permanent basis.

I know my skills can be put to good use here on a permanent basis, but I
think it might be difficult to convince a company that potentially sees
documentation as a secondary concern to programming.

I'm curious if anyone here has been through a similar situation, and how
they dealt with it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.




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