TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
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.
Check out RoboDemo for tutorials! It makes creating full-motion software
demonstrations and other onscreen support materials easy and intuitive.
Need RoboHelp? Save $100 on RoboHelp Office in May with our mail-in rebate.
Go to http://www.ehelp.com/techwr-l
Your monthly sponsorship message here reaches more than
5000 technical writers, providing 2,500,000+ monthly impressions.
Contact Eric (ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com) for details and availability.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.