RE: Short-term Contracting Positions

Subject: RE: Short-term Contracting Positions
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 08:06:43 -0400

Karen wrote:
> After working primarily 2 full-time jobs over the past 15 years, I seem to
be having more luck getting interviews lately for short-term (typically 3
month) W-2 contracting positions. In my neck of the woods, there appears to
be more contract than regular hire positions for technical writers at this
moment. I'm sure I'll accept something soon; however, I'm scared of the
"unknown" having to find work every 3 months.
> I guess I don't have a specific question; however, what advice do you
have for someone doing short-term contracts until they can find a fulltime

Hi Karen,
I am currently working on the second year of a "short-term" contract that
grew from technical writer to Technical Publications Manager. Some work is
better than no work, and sometimes those short term positions turn out to be
more permanent than you expect going into them.

Al Geist
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