Job Market: More Openings for Marcom than Tech-Writing?

Subject: Job Market: More Openings for Marcom than Tech-Writing?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 13:58:08 -0700

In the last few weeks, I've moved out of the shrinking dot-com niche I've
been in for the last fourteen months to a semi-holiday of small contracts.
I've got to say that I enjoy the change, working on little pieces of work
that couldn't remotely be described as "revolutionary" or "leading edge" -
just small pieces of work that I can do without lending the company my soul
(and leisure hours), and move on.

But one thing I've noticed in the local (Vancouver, BC) job market: there
seems to be more of a market right now for marcom writing (new releases,
newsletters, product sheets) than for technical writing. By my unofficial
tally, there's about four or five marcom contracts available for every
tech-writing contract.

Has anyone else noticed the same in their area? If so, it might be a good
tip for all the job seekers on the list about how to position themselves in
order to survive their hard times. Marketing budgets may be one of the
first things slashed at companies in difficulties, but I think that, in
general, they survive marginally longer than tech pub budgets.

Any thoughts?

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

"Work and work, you won't get cold
Sleep in your boots. don't get old
Stand on your own feet, ready or not
It's friendly fire...but you still get shot."
-OysterBand, "On the Edge


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