RE: Ethics and Job-Hunting

Subject: RE: Ethics and Job-Hunting
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 10:05:15 -0600

Bruce Byfield wrote:

>>>With so many people losing jobs and everyone else worried about keeping
them, I'm curious: are there any types of tech-writing jobs that people
wouldn't take?[...]
But enough about me. Does anyone else have areas that they would have
scruples about?<<<

When I was looking last year, I got a call from a recruiter in Minneapolis about an IETM project for a missile manufacturer. Not wanting to start a political debate, I hemmed and hawed about the location and finally quoted an outrageous salary demand (basically about what I was making at the time plus what I'm making now). They still sent me an application to fill out, which I trash canned right away.

One of the (many) reasons I was job hunting at the time was that they were going to add a rocket launcher variant to the series of trucks we were documenting. The only way my conscious ever let me take a defense industry job in the first place was that they were not making weapons.

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