Re: Trouble finding work

Subject: Re: Trouble finding work
From: "Sherry Michaels" <sherry -dot- michaels -at- docntrain -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 09:18:07 -0700

We are experiencing resurgence for skills, but rates have been low.

With the resurgence, we still find employers pushing for skills that even
outside the normal "technical writer" area, such as extensive business
analyst skills.

With that, the work is out there. It is my theory that "technical writer"
skills alone are not going to be enough from two years ago into the future.
The people that I work with have significant capability with business
analysis, training content development, task analysis, needs analysis,
process and procedure development, skills with Visio, the ability to use
flow diagrams effectively, and so forth. They are flexible in their skills
and in their attitudes. They'll do what they have to do to keep busy (and
paid well).

Business demands have changed. Corporate demands have changed. HR does not
always "read" those demands accurately, and that makes it hard to search for
a job accurately. Understand the market has shifted puts you in a better
seat, because you can cast your resume to emphasize these skills. Then, when
HR professionals the "requisite" skills and the things they haven't even
thought of, you are a step ahead.

If this is too difficult to manage, find good representation with people who
know how to do this.

Good luck!

Sherry Michaels
Michaels & Associates
11639 E. Wethersfield Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
480-614-8440 Local
877-614-8440 Toll free
480-614-2775 FAX


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