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 11:39:50 -0500


I got laid off 4 times as a marketing type. Only once as a TW, and that
when the government canceled our contract due to internal squabbling.
TW's tend to go before developers, but in a recent "layoff" here, only
contractor developers were let go (with two weeks' notice) and no TW's at

Of course, North Carolina is experiencing a mini technology boom (despite
First Union and Bank of America layoffs), and my experiences in DC were
during the last recession, so my perspective may tend to be a bit rosier
than others. I can tell you from experience that if you're good at what you
do, you'll weather whatever storms may or may not be brewing over the


-----Original Message-----
From: Johanna [mailto:chazjo -at- magma -dot- ca]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: state of TWers

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

Just a stab in the dark but could it be that we're
viewed as a luxury rather
than a necessity? The way I see it, if there is a
decision to make on axing
someone from development, verification, marketing or
documentation, my guess is
that the axe would fall in the documentation

My two cents and a pessimistic couple of pennies at



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