Re: Temping: An alternative to agencies?

Subject: Re: Temping: An alternative to agencies?
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 12:36:44 -0500

geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA wrote:
> Why not list yourself with local "temporary office help"
> agencies such as Kelly? I suspect that lots of small
> businesses don't know the first thing about techwhirling
> agencies, and immediately think "secretarial" when they
> think about writing. (I've even met people who didn't know
> that some yellow pages have separate writing and editing
> sections.) If you leave your resume with the temp. agency,
> you might get the occasional bite-size job to tide you over
> between major contracts. Hope this helps someone!

I don't mean this as a flame, but I don't see how this could help a
technical writer's career. Is there a reason a writer should temp as a
secretary between contracts, rather than, say, as a construction worker?
A nurse? A pilot?

I don't want to put down secretaries. There's nothing wrong with being a
secretary. But I am not a secretary. Every tech writer should have a
t-shirt that says that. I'm serious. Fighting the "tech writer is
glorified typist" battle is difficult enough without having tech writers
reinforce the idea by advertising themselves as secretaries.

Stephen P. Victor Phone: (713) 513-2552
Technical Writer, Software Training Fax: (713) 513-2019
Schlumberger GeoQuest svictor -at- houston -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com
5599 San Felipe, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77056 USA

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