RE: state of TWers

Subject: RE: state of TWers
From: "Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 11:25:28 -0500

If in fact the economy is going to hell in hand basket, it will be due in
large part to alarmists in the media and other places.

My economist friends tell me that we're not even looking at a recession yet,
just slower growth than we've been used to for a while. If you lived
through the recessions of the 70's and 80's, this is a cakewalk.

No they're not clamoring as much as they were, but it will change. It
always does! A shakeout has been needed for awhile, and TW's are in better
shape than marketing and PR folks, who are even more "overhead" than we are,
so count your blessings.


Recession surviving Connie Giordano

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Grossman [mailto:Doug -dot- Grossman -at- sas -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 11:18 AM
Subject: RE: state of TWers

The thing writers in particular are NOT having's everyone. The economy is going to hell in a handbasket,
and there are layoffs galore (and not only in the tech sector).

In this type of environment, is it really all that surprising that
supposedly overhead functions (i.e., those that are not seen as contributing
directly to revenue) are the first to get left off and forgotten? I'm not
necessarily saying that I feel that if you are "captive," you should worry
about your job (ask me again in three months), but as a contractor, things
are going to be hurting for awhile, I'm afraid.

Just my opinion.

---Doug (Doug -dot- Grossman -at- SAS -dot- com)

Hi. I saw some posts recently from Andrew, et al, and I know work is
booming in California, but I've been hearing "horror" stories from some
writer friends here in the Midwest (Upper--Minnesota, not Chicago). I've
been hearing that there are no contracts, and every recruitment agency
I've spoken to has many writers on the bench and numerous jobs "on

Currently I'll be looking for a contract in about 2 weeks, but does
anyone know why tech writers in particular are having problems?


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