Re: how bad is the job market? New job requirements (ACK!!)??

Subject: Re: how bad is the job market? New job requirements (ACK!!)??
From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:02:46 -0600

The job market *IS* bad. Excerpt from a job description on Dice:

Coordinate all administrative items for the Project team. Planning and
coordinating calls and meetings. Perform scribe duties for all calls and
meetings, producing agendas and minutes. Create and maintain needed reports
and updates, including preparing presentations. Coordinate communications
items for project team - schedules, calendars, contact lists.

The job title is (you guessed it!) *Technical Writer*!

Here are the rest of the requirements, which include: project planning and
management, managing multiple doc tasks and keeping a master deliverables
schedule, editing, setting up document security, establishing style
guidelines and standards, and creating doc templates, and providing reports.
You must also have a BA, five years of experience, and be able to work
independently, serve on other teams, etc. etc.

All this, *and* you have to answer the phone, keep everyone's calendar and
schedule, set up meetings, type the agenda and send it out, and keep the
meeting minutes, update everyone's contact lists, and -probably- make travel
reservations and get office supplies--and make coffee! (I wonder if the
desk is in the lobby?)

I hope it pays well.

:-( Never thought I would see the day--again--where you had to do
secretarial work to be a tech writer. That is just sad. :-(


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