RE: [OT] Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?

Subject: RE: [OT] Re: How do hiring companies view TW resumes?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:18:26 -0400

Gene Kim-Eng [mailto:techwr -at- genek -dot- com] sez:

> In the US, the bogus housing bubble "created" so many new
> jobs in housing construction, mortgages and real estate that
> no government stimulus short of a WWII-sized mobilization
> could ever hope to re-employ all the workers whose jobs
> disappeared. It made the dotcom look tame by comparison,
> because it was nationwide and not localized in tech
> employment centers. If your idea of a similar frenzy for
> techwriters means another period in which demand is so great
> that anyone who can string words together into a sentence can
> get hired with no experience, then yes, it will take another
> bogus tech bubble. As with the housing bubble, there was
> never enough of a self-sustaining market to support such a
> boom. Gene Kim-Eng ------- Original Message ------- On
> 3/16/2010 6:55 PM McLauchlan, Kevin wrote: Anyway, a lot of
> construction and renovation projects are being scrambled in
> order to get 'em done before the new tax hits. Again/still,
> there are not enough skilled trades peope to go around.
> Nothing like that happening for techwriters, though. Not
> sure what would create a hiring frenzy for techwriters,
> other than another bogus tech bubble, that is.

Well, I don't seriously expect that kind of frenzy again in
my (employable) lifetime. But the biz-news commentators
are noting that a lot of companies that had let inventory
get low over the past year-and-a-bit are in the process of
re-engaging, so suppliers will be ramping up to some extent
to meet the pent-up/deferred demand. Demand for TWs should
increase again in fairly short order.

Of course, for somebody who has been unemployed long
enough to burn through their savings and credit,
"short order", say months, might not be short enough.

Here in Canada, uptake of high-def TVs has been increasing
as we near 2011 - our date for shutting off the old analog
broadcast system. You guys did it in 2009, didn't you?

Was there a helpful bump in sales and electronic-industry
demand? I realize it would have been heavily damped by
the general economic chaos, but there should have been
_some_ positive effect.

Unfortunately, that would mostly improve prospects for
techwriters in Korea, Taiwan, maybe Malaysia, the Philipeans.

- K

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