RE: Uplifting reading: Why Technical Writing Jobs Are Among theBest Writing Options in an Economic Depression?

Subject: RE: Uplifting reading: Why Technical Writing Jobs Are Among theBest Writing Options in an Economic Depression?
From: "Jon Leer" <jleer -at- leertech -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:50:29 -0500



Sharon Burton commented:
>
> For those of us who lived thru the last 2 recessions (I got
> my first tech writing job in 1991), we know that one of the
> first things that happens is writers are laid off in large
> numbers. So perhaps if you weren't around in for either of
> the last 2, it seems writers would be needed.
>
I experienced those recessions. In 1991, WANG LABS layed off a lot of
people, and the next day brought me and several other writers in as
contractors. That started a thriving contract writing business for me. Then,
in 2001-2, companies layed off lots of personnel but decided to NOT bring in
contractors at all. That killed my work for about 8 months. Right now seems
to be a hybrid. Lots of layoffs of full-time personnel, and some bringing in
contractors, but with some hesitancy.

Jon Leer

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References:
Re: Uplifting reading: Why Technical Writing Jobs Are Among the Best Writing Options in an Economic Depression?: From: Brad Whittington
Re: Uplifting reading: Why Technical Writing Jobs Are Among the Best Writing Options in an Economic Depression?: From: John Posada
Re: Uplifting reading: Why Technical Writing Jobs Are Among the Best Writing Options in an Economic Depression?: From: Sharon Burton

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