Tech writer market

Subject: Tech writer market
From: David Orr <dorr -at- ORRNET -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 10:19:17 -0600

The wheel always turns with supply and demand.

Last June, we had requests for 15 tech writers and instructional designers
and could only fill three of the positions. Now, we're flooded with resumes,
but have fewer projects to fill. Last year some tech writers behaved
arrogantly, not returning calls, bailing out of commitments at the last
minute, and so on. The same writers will now have to compete with those
writers who behaved courteously and professionally even when demand was on
their side. We remember which were which.

The same applies to recruiting organizations like ours. We must treat
writers courteously and professionally when supply is on our side, because
writers have long memories too, when the wheel turns again.

M. David Orr
Orr & Associates Corporation


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