Re: Job Market In The Next 6 Months

Subject: Re: Job Market In The Next 6 Months
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 23:28:01 -0400

> From: "Karen L. Zorn" <klzorn -at- zorntech -dot- com>
> > > > > Half our STC membership is out of work or actively looking.
> > > >
> > > What I wonder is why the "actively looking" are doing so. Are they
> > expecting
> > > better salaries elsewhere? The percentage of membership out of work
> would
> > be
> > > an interesting statistic, too.
> > Now, this is not scientific, for many do not stand up to say "looking."
> Most
> > of the lookers are those coming off a contract or those who have been
> > <facitious> downsized <\facitious>.
> That's funny. I didn't even consider contractors when I read your post.
> Meanwhile, unemployment in the Boston area is 5%.

Sorry about that. A key combination I used was not the right one for my sig.
At any rate, 5% is quite high unemployment. Until today, it's even been
impossible for me to get a regular temp job. Now I've got one (if it doesn't
evaporate overnight, that is). Pays obscenely little, but I have to take it.
While it appears that the job market is improving slightly here for
technical writers/editors, its pace is excruciatingly slow.

It would be interesting to see actual STC statistics on out-of-work
membership. For those of you who are looking, though, I can tell you that
it's worth posting your availability on your chapter's Web site.

Bonnie Granat

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