Contracting and Managerial Experience (Re: Hiring Publications Manager...Question for Kelley...)

Subject: Contracting and Managerial Experience (Re: Hiring Publications Manager...Question for Kelley...)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 15:13:21 -0800

Charles E Vermette wrote:

In hiring a *manager* (not an individual contributor) I'd be looking for
someone with managerial experience. That would most likely be a permanent
employee as opposed to a contractor.

Not necessarily. As a contractor, I've hired sub-contractors. In fact, to give an idea of how quickly contractors can gain experience, I first hired a sub-contractor after I had been working as a technical writer for about twenty months.

In addition, in almost every position, I have had to create and keep the time table, write the contract, set the deliverables, and oversee the review process. In many cases, I've set up documentation from scratch, designed templates and even created style guides.

I can name at least a dozen contractors with a similar background. So, once again, generalizations about contractors don't necessarily hold.

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

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