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Subject:Re: how bad is the job market? From:Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> To:TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:18:44 -0800
Most places I know that tried to ship writing of English-language docs
overseas found that they weren't saving money and the docs were bad.
And many kinds of non-software tech writing aren't shippable.
I think the current slow market is directly related to the slow
economy. I've seen it before: companies defer maintenance on docs
because they can get away with it, but, after a while, customers get
so frustrated with out-of-date docs that it starts affecting sales,
and they have to staff documentation again.
On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> My two cents:
> I think that some branches of tech writing are dead as good career fields. Generally speaking, any tech writing that is seen as "easy" by employers is pretty much dead. Writing docs or online help for consumer goods - those jobs are pretty much shipped overseas. Any American jobs in those branches will be way low pay. Lots of employers never really cared whether the documents that reached the customers were any good, and with the current crunch, they couldn't care less. ...
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