Re: Trouble finding work

Subject: Re: Trouble finding work
From: "Robyn Richards" <robynrrr -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 00:56:16 +0000

> - role 2 - Technical Writer required (immediate start) - Interviewed with
> the recruiter and was presented to the client in 1 day, then was told the
> role was on hold for two weeks, the two weeks more, then indefinitely...

This is usually indicative of financial trouble of some sort. The
company might be solid, but they might also be trimming cost where
possible in order to continue to be solid. There could also be
project-related issues that had prevented the gig from
materializing... for example, ther could have been unforseen
complications in the development phase and they probably didn't want
to incur a contractor's cost with minimal work for that contractor to
perform. And, of course, the project could have been a miserable
failure and was eventually canned completely.

A question though... did your recruiter ever inquire of the company
the reason why there were so many delays and then pass that info to

Yes she did - turns out they were restructuring and did not know where in the org structure to place the role. Seems that there is a lack of support for the role, so I believe I am well out of it.

I did ask the recruiter at our initial interview why the company had left their search so late, given that they knew the previous incumbent was leaving, and hence the 'immediate start' requirement. She felt it was a good question but one which had not occurred to her to ask the client (!)

> - role 4 - Role advertised as requiring Senior Tech Writing skills.
> Interview went very well. Feedback was all good - yes, I had the skills, was
> articulate, would fit in well BUT - the company chose to go with someone
> with no experience because they were willing to work for AUD$40,000.

Ah, the power of the almighty dollar. ;-) Of course, as we all know,
there's always a cost, and usually the lower cost is in the higher
salary for a senior position. I'm surprised you were able to learn of
the reason why you were not chosen. Did they tell you that, or did you
find out in a roundabout way? The former is quite unprofessional for
them to do.

I learned this fact directly from the interviewer. It is a pity - I felt the interview went well, the people were interesting, the role had potential and I had something to offer. I did leave them with the statement that they had my details and if they reconsidered, they knew where to find me.

Thanks for sharing your pitfalls! As I indicated earlier, I've
experienced the same. The trick is to not let it get to you and to
remember that it's not about you getting a job so much as you finding
the right fit for your talents and potential.

Thanks for that. It is always nice to know that others have had similar experiences. I am fortunate enough that I currently have a position so can take my time in looking for something else.



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