Re: Back again.... looking...

Subject: Re: Back again.... looking...
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:32:44 -0500

For some inexplicable reason, I often see ads which request local candidates only. It is almost like the management thinks you must be local in case of being called out for work. One place years ago issued me a pager. A pager? Like they needed to get me in a hurry at night or a weekend for a rush document? Now I grew up in a town full of factories and being called out was a fact of life on some jobs, due to people not being able to make it in, such as sickness or bad weather (foot or two of snow, for example).

However, that is not a normal situation in technical writing and is something from a bygone era in much of America. So why the preference for the local person over the other one, I really don't have an answer. But sometimes, you unfortunately end up being the object of their irrational decisions.

Now that it is January, your chances are better again. No one hires at Christmas time in our field. But many times they open up immediately after when people don't come back, or use the holidays as an opportunity to chase something different.

Polish off the resume, and hit the usual places for sending it out. Good luck.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Robin Davidson" <robin -at- robinsdesigns -dot- net>
To: "Erika Yanovich" <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
Cc: "TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 6:44 AM
Subject: Re: Back again.... looking...


Erika,

They did keep the other writer in this case. They said financial, sales have been slow, and blamed the election. This is the other writer's first job and she's local where I drove 40 miles one way.

Robin


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