Job offers - need your opinion

Subject: Job offers - need your opinion
From: "V. David" <apv -dot- david -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 06:34:04 -0400

Lurker from out of the shadows here....finally decided to come out because I
need your help deciding on two job offers.

Job 1: global tech serivces co, working with DITA and SGML writing about SOA
enterprise e-commerce applications, will be working with remote teams in
India & China. This is a contract for a year, and I will be incorporating.
There is a possibility of an extension, but not likely to become a permanent

Job 2: global financial co, using Madcap Flare, Framemaker, Adobe CS3,
writing about web-based apps in .NET, will convert to SOA in the future,
SMEs will be across the room. The position is full-time permanent, with the
usual benefits - stock discount, pension, tuition reimbursement, medical and

Compensation is about the same, both within 5K of each other (I know the tax
implications will be different, but I don't want the money part of it to
cloud my judgement too much =)). I have never worked with DITA or SGML
before, but company one is willing to train. I've never worked on Madcap
Flare, but company two knows I am competent in Robohelp. The recruiter I
deal with is pushing for Job 1, saying that after the contract is over, I
can charge about $50/hour because of my newly gained DITA and SGML
experience. I'm very interested about both jobs, but I'm not sure about how
steep of a learning curve it's going to be for Job 1. Job 2 seems like the
safe, easy choice, but I still can't make up my mind. HELP!!!

Thank you in advance!

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