Re: Interesting job description

Subject: Re: Interesting job description
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>, Mark Baker <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:59:04 -0700

I have never worked in a company where the tech writers - at least the company's own direct-hire writers - were the first to be let go.

The pattern I've experienced has been that the first to go are contractors of all types, beginning with those whose contracts are running out. Next go the developers of products that have bombed and have no alternative work assignments. Next, as products in the development chutes the company still had hopes for are completed, released and fail, go the people tasked with supporting them, and that's when many of the tech writers go. The last to go are the developers who are working on the "next big thing" the company is hoping will save its bacon.

Along the way, internal politics will act to push out management and executives the company's inner core of power holders dislike, regardless of their positions or capabilities. And this management cleansing doesn't necessarily sync up with the shedding of individual contributors.

If you see a growing parade of your company's best and most effective managers going out the door, it's time to start looking even if there hasn't been a hint of problems at your level.

Gene Kim-Eng



On 10/8/2016 12:32 PM, Keith Hood wrote:

"As to why tech writers are the first to be let go in a downturn"

You are wrong. Tech writers are always in the first wave of layoffs

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