RE: Out of Work Tech Writers

Subject: RE: Out of Work Tech Writers
From: "Sue Ahrenhold" <SAhrenhold -at- IpdSolution -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 18:15:44 -0400

>>I found something I love doing more than anything else I can think of. Every
>>day I've been a tech writer, I've looked forward to going to work. I've
>>played the field and found the perfect career. At 52, I think I've earned
>>the right to wait a few months more for a suitable position to come along.


Yup, you've earned it. It took me almost 6 months to get the position I have now; the last time I was out of work, it took 3 weeks.
As long as you can make it on unemployment, savings, etc. if this is what you want, go for it. But consider a possibility I was looking at before the offer came (and the offer came two MONTHS after the second interviews)- I was thinking of looking at temp work as a clerical person, phone person, typist, whatever, and trying for places that might, when things eased up, be looking for a technical writer. Then you're there, and they know you.
I think one of the nicest things about being over the half-century mark is that I finally know I'm competent, and that I can take care of myself.
Yes, the market is dead, but we just hired a new person (finally), and there are other people out there who are finding spots -- slowly, painfully, yes, but they are coming.

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