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Subject:Re: About giving notice... From:"Moore, Tracey" <TMoore -at- PARKERVISION -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 8 Mar 1999 08:01:32 -0500
I quit my job and in the resignation letter offered my services as a
contractor and stated my restrictions (can only work off-hours) and my
hourly fee. I explained that it would take them much longer to fulfill
their contracts by hiring a new writer stating:
*It normally takes at least 2 months to recruit a tech writer
*A new writer has to learn their procedures and systems
I argued that using me would save them money and time. Well, they were
lukewarm to the idea and interviewed a couple of writers through an
agency. When the writer they liked quoted 6 weeks on a project I
originally quoted 3 days, they called me. I think they now see the logic
of using my services.
If you're not looking to contract for them after they hire someone new,
offer your services and be prepared to make a solid argument. This
arrangement will be uncomfortable for them, especially if they're never
used telecommuters before--so be sensitive to that. You may want to
offer to help them find a new writer too.
So I guess I'm saying, give it a shot. . .it worked for me.
From: Anonymous User [mailto:anonfwd -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM]
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 1999 7:24 AM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: FWD: About giving notice...
Name withheld upon request. Please reply on list.
I have a question about giving notice as a tech writer. I am considering
a wonderful oppurtunity and am thinking about what will happen when I
I am currently writing 3 manuals plus handling a newsletter and the
website. I know that the one other writer we have on staff is busy
enough with their work so they won't pick up any of the excess. Since
hiring anyone will take longer than 2 weeks, has anyone had an success
with giving 2 weeks notice and offering to "help out" (by telecommuting)
with work in progress until other staff can pick up the excess?
I don't want to put my current company in a bind; however, I am not
going to turn down a good offer because they don't have enough staff to
In case it matters - The job I'm considering is in a different field,
different state and pays less. Its my dream job so I want to grab it
before its gone. =)
I am posting anon to protect my company who I have not given notice to