Despite the problems in the economy, I’m not seeing big layoffs in our profession yet.
(I probably just jinxed myself with that statement.)
The Center for Disease Control is hiring a Technical Writing Editor. Check out the bureaucratic hoops you have to jump through for that position.
Oracle also is advertising an open position.
Most of the other job postings I saw were contract positions, including a couple at ProEdit. If you’re willing to relocate to Huntsville, Alabama, they do have “permanent” job there.
Mike Hughes had some good advice on getting through the recession.
I think flexibility is another good strategy in this market. Draw on all your experience and use it sell your versatility. An STC member I know, for example, just got hired at my company as a Business Analyst.
This month’s Atlanta STC program explains how to write federal proposals. A good tech writer should be able to make that transition easily. It’s structured writing, with its own terminology, tight deadlines, a collaborative effort that has to be managed like a project. Sound familiar?
Remember, this month’s meeting is at Southern Poly State U.