RE: The odds of finding work through job ads

Subject: RE: The odds of finding work through job ads
From: "Kat Nagel, MasterWork Consulting" <mlists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 16:04:45 -0500

I've been calling myself a technical writer for...let's see...almost 16 years now, and most of that time has been spent freelancing. Most of my projects have come as repeat business from existing clients, word-of-mouth advertising from satisfied clients, or networking through friends and STC colleagues.

Before that, for the first 17 years of my career, I was an R&D chemist in a large corporation where downsizing and scrambling for survival slots across department lines were regular features of life in the reorganization-of-the-month lane. (Clue #1: When your CEO starts talking about dancing elephants, it's time to polish up your resume along with your tap shoes.) Most of my job changes there came from personal contacts or recommendations from former managers.

At last count, between freelance projects and those reorganization scrambles, I've never gone more than a year and a half without some sort of job-hunting effort. In all that time, I don't think I've gotten a single job *directly* from answering an ad, either in newspapers or on company job boards or (recently) online.

Indirectly, however, there have been quite a few. About a quarter of my freelance gigs, the ones I can't tie directly to repeat business or personal networking, have come as phone calls out of the blue with a request for an updated resume. The last offer I received was typical. I got a call from a recruiter in the Chicago area. Never heard of his agency, and never saw an ad for the position he was trying to fill. He had gotten a copy of my resume from a manager in the hiring company (in a suburb of Chicago) who got it from a friend at another company in Buffalo NY who had it in *his* files because I had answered an ad he had placed through a recruiter in a Rochester newspaper ALMOST FIVE YEARS AGO.

So, I keep answering ads and making cold calls <ugh!> and networking and passing out copies of my resume to anyone who has a free hand and doesn't duck in time. Ya never know...

Kat Nagel
Owner, MasterWork Consulting Services
Phone: (585) 820-4045 Fax: (585) 244-3565
Business: katnagel -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com
Personal: katnagel -at- bluefrognet -dot- net

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