Re: Temp agencies and job boards for local tech writers

Subject: Re: Temp agencies and job boards for local tech writers
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:36:39 -0500

Dan, I know this is a bit beside the point, but is it possible that you
really need a tech writer and a QA person? Or, to broaden your pool a
little by looking at TWs who have programming experience. I know there are
a fair number of people who've move from programming to TW, or who have
done work with APIs and other aspects of programming. Perhaps such people
could pick up some of the QA aspect.

You also might try to clarify what you really need. Do you want a QA person
who can write basic english, or a real TW who has some knowledge of "xx".
QA can be pretty involved, right? E.G., I could run programs to check that
things are working like they're supposed to, but I couldn't write test
scripts.

It sounds like there might be very few people who could fit your job
description. I know I was recently told about a TW/BA post, but they wanted
QA analyses and script writing in there too.

I admire anyone who can do all those things well, especially for short term
contracts.

Kathleen


On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

> We thought it would be easy (ha!) to recruit a technical writer/QA
> Specialist to work in Gaithersburg, MD (suburb of Washington, DC). We've
> posted the job so far on TECHWR-L and STC, and we've had three temp
> agencies work on it. Neither of the ads brought a response, and the temp
> agencies suggested only a few candidates - most of whom didn't even
> approximately fit the job description.
>
> There must be hundreds of tech writers in the Metro DC area. We advertised
> locally to avoid responses from long-distance teleworkers, etc. Any ideas
> for ad sites and temp agencies in the DC area, or do we really need to go a
> national agency or job board to find someone local?
>
> TIA,
>
> Dan
>
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