RE: Contracting and Managerial Experience

Subject: RE: Contracting and Managerial Experience
From: "Gordon Graham" <gordon -at- gordonandgordon -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 18:15:24 -0500

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.

I second Bruce's very valid points. Running your own contracting business
gives a person a lot of managerial experience, often more than full-time
employees have the chance to gain. As well as negotiating. And budgeting.
And proposing. And dealing with all kinds of people, in all kinds of fluid
relationships.

Scratch most contractors and under the surface you'll find someone who once
or twice or three times held a full-time staff position, and maybe even
managed a Tech Pubs department. I find that many people, myself included,
move back and forth between contractor and full-time employee as
opportunities open up for us.


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Gordon Graham, partner
Gordon & Gordon
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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-62169 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Bruce
Byfield
Sent: February 5, 2002 6:13 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Cc: TECHWR-L
Subject: Contracting and Managerial Experience (Re: Hiring Publications
Manager...Question for Kelley...)



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

"More truth is what I need
Never mind if it makes me bleed."
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