RE: techwr-l digest: June 21, 2002

Subject: RE: techwr-l digest: June 21, 2002
From: "Suman Saha" <suman -at- kuokoa -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 15:47:22 +0530


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Hi Curtis,
I am a Technical Writer from India and my firm specializes in Storage
software. The tech writing scenario is good over here, and getting
better day-by-day. Tech writing is not a very well-known profession in
India and normally we do a lot of explaining to our friends/relatives as
to what our job is all about. Currently, there are lots of openings in
this field, and sometime it becomes very difficult to find a writer to
fill the vacancy. We did go through a bad phase last year due to the
tech melt down in US (as 90% of the Indian SW firms are dependent on the
US market), but things have stabilized a lot now.
Regards
Suman



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Subject: Re: Out-of-Work Tech Writers and Switching Careers
From: "Curtis Brautigam" <bunnies -at- cvns -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 23:49:47 -0400
X-Message-Number: 76

I fully empathize with the feelings of those on this list who are out of
work. For three months, I was out of work, despairing of the slim
pickings
in the technical writing job market throughout the United States (I
don't
know what things are like outside the United States). I live in
South-Central Pennsylvania, where the pickings seemed to be especially
slim.
I was considering switching careers in favor of various types of
government
employment (state or federal). Then I got a call from a contracting
agency
about a contract-to-hire technical writing position at Ingersoll-Rand,
which
happens to have a plant in Shippensburg where I live. I jumped at the
opportunity, and there I am. I will not be losing out in salary--I will
be
making the same salary as I did at my previous position.

I would like to thank those on this list who supported me during my time
of
unemployment. The fact is--unemployment stinks, especially for us
professionals. All I can say is keep on plugging, keep on job hunting,
beef
up your skills if you can, and don't give up. If there is a career other
than technical writing that you might enjoy, try for that too. I decided
that I was going to be flexible in the job search. The worst time of my
job
hunt was a six-week period when I was putting out lots of resumes and
cover
letters and not receiving any phone calls for an interview. After that
six
week period, I received four calls in one week, including the one that
helped me land my present position.

Just for curiosity--how is the technical writing job market outside the
United States (e.g., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Israel, India, Australia,
New
Zealand, Continental Europe)?

Curtis Brautigam
Newly Re-employed Technical Writer


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