Hiring a Firearms Technical Copy Writer


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LThomas
July 28, 2009, 02:37 PM
My name is Lisa Thomas. I am an executive recruiter. I work in the gun and sport industry. I have been hired by a client in Iowa. They are aggressively looking to hire a Firearms Technical Copy Writer.

To be considered for this diverse opportunity you must have a strong background in firearms and ammunition. You must be able to produce award quality product features, research and review new products, write utilizing many media forms such as print, catalog, e-commerce just to name a few.

You must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field such as: communication. journalism, advertising, public relations or marketing, plus at least two years experience as a professional writer. The position is located in Iowa.

The company is offering relocation assistance if necessary. If you fit the skills to hire my client would like to interview you immediately.

This is a solid company. The are looking to hire immediately. Call me today so that we can discuss your qualifications. Lisa Thomas - SearchPath Int - 614-429-4232 ext 950.

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rcmodel
July 28, 2009, 02:48 PM
SO, Brownells is still hiring huh?

rc

Landpimp
July 28, 2009, 02:51 PM
good call ;)

LThomas
July 28, 2009, 02:53 PM
Dear RCMODEL:

Thank you for your reply - Do you know anyone that might fit these skills sets? You sound like you are a person that is in the know. Take Care - Lisa Thomas

GodGuns&Guitars
July 28, 2009, 03:16 PM
Darn, if it was Wilson Combat or somebody like that I may would apply. I'm not real big on Iowa either, although I do hear about some decent hunting there.

Sam1911
July 28, 2009, 03:16 PM
Just out of wildest curiosity, would the position of technical copy writer not be perfectly tele-commutable? Why does the position require reloacting to Iowa?

It would seem that a lot of product could be shipped back and forth for review, and email, net-meeting software, and the like could make delivery of copy just about as instantaneous as a walk down the hall -- all for far less than the cost to relocate someone.

That opens the door to far more qualified applicants country-wide who may jump at the opportunity, but not at the requirement to move.

-Sam

Don Gwinn
July 28, 2009, 03:20 PM
Too bad my BA is in education and I don't have two years' professional writing experience (unless blogger and bedtime stories count) because I'd be genuinely interested in working for Brownells and writing for a living, even if I had to go to Iowa to do it.
Actually . . . I may make a call anyway. Can't hurt to call, right?

Tim the student
July 28, 2009, 03:27 PM
I'm not real big on Iowa either

Fightin words there...:neener:

We do have good hunting here depending on what you like. Lots of big deer, including big does if you just want meat.

Les Baer is here also, as is Volquartsen, but I would go with Brownells.

AirForceShooter
July 28, 2009, 03:28 PM
And Iowa has those twisty things.
I've seen the barn roofs totally intact laying in fields.

I'll stick with hurricanes, you get advance notice. Well, most of the time.

But kudo's to the head hunter for looking here.

AFS

GodGuns&Guitars
July 28, 2009, 03:30 PM
Didn't mean to sound like I was bashing Iowa, I just prefer mountains.

Tim the student
July 28, 2009, 03:32 PM
Didn't mean to sound like I was bashing Iowa, I just prefer mountains.

Yeah, I assumed as such. It's cool, I prefer corn and bean fields and hills. To each his own.

Vern Humphrey
July 28, 2009, 03:37 PM
Well, my Batchelor's Degree is in History, and my Master's and Specialist's are in Education. I was with several organizations in the Army that produced training and training-related documents and products, including firearms-related material. After retiring, I worked in the commercial training and training related field, and developed a lot of products -- including the Collective Training Program for the experimental Motorized Infantry Brigade at Fort Lewis, WA. I developed computer-based training for the Army of Singapore -- running actual exercises, videotaping the exercises and alternate courses of actions and outcomes to produce interactive training products.

But I live on my farm in Arkansas -- and I'm not leaving. I might be interested if this was a tele-communting job.

Old Fuff
July 28, 2009, 03:39 PM
If you have not done so, e-mail your request to:

National Shooting Sports Foundation
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT. 06470-2359
(203) 326-1087

e-mail: info@nssf.org

website: www.nssf.org

I believe they can provide you with some good leads, I suspect that your client is a member of the foundation.

highorder
July 28, 2009, 03:40 PM
The relocation requirment is absolute; it's also not the only factor that makes this position tough to fill.

A great opportunity for a 24 year old copywrighter who wants to move out of mom and dad's basement. :)

WNC Seabee
July 28, 2009, 03:50 PM
Just out of wildest curiosity, would the position of technical copy writer not be perfectly tele-commutable? Why does the position require reloacting to Iowa?

As someone who has hired telecommuters and been one myself (software industry), I can definitively say that telecommuting is a horrible thing to manage. Productivity falls off really fast if you can't get your "team" in the same room (literally, not via WebEx, PC Anywhere, etc.). Even if you have the most dedicated folks with great work ethic, you lose an awful lot of creativity and brainstorming power when working across the 'net.

Vern Humphrey
July 28, 2009, 04:11 PM
I can definitively say that telecommuting is a horrible thing to manage. Productivity falls off really fast if you can't get your "team" in the same room (literally, not via WebEx, PC Anywhere, etc.).
I've found just the opposite. I've worked with teams where the members were located on different continents, and the cost of face-to-face meetings was impossible. Despite that, we produced quality products on a tight schedule.

rcmodel
July 28, 2009, 04:15 PM
I've seen the barn roofs totally intact laying in fields.Heck, that ain't nothen but a little wind storm.

I've seen old ships in cotton fields miles inland in Louisiana!
Now, that right there just ain't right!

I'll take a our midlands tornados any day!

rc

Madcap_Magician
July 28, 2009, 04:24 PM
I have a four year journalism degree.

Too bad I can't move. :(

taliv
July 28, 2009, 04:25 PM
Don Gwinn, be sure to ask about the employee discount! it could be worth more than the salary

ants
July 28, 2009, 06:32 PM
I would just like to thank Lisa Thomas for thinking of The High Road. If one seeks literate and capable persons involved in the shooting sports, this is one of the world's top forums. Good choice.

And welcome, Lisa, to the Forum.

Japle
July 29, 2009, 01:03 PM
Well, I've got a Masters in Communication and wrote some articles for Jerry Rakusan back when he was editing Guns and American Handgunner, mostly product review and how-to stuff. Since then, I've written a bunch of reports and articles for various USAF and Army magazines (Hint for you young military guys: Never let your ops officer know you can write a simple declaritive sentence!) and dozens of manufacturing procedures for a major medical equipment company.

But I'm NOT moving to Iowa!!

Trebor
July 29, 2009, 04:18 PM
My background and education would make this a perfect job for me, but I'm also not willing to relocate for this kind of work.

willbrink
July 29, 2009, 05:16 PM
I would be interested to know what the salary range was. This sounds like more of a starter position. I agree they would probably get much more qualified people if they were willing to do it as tele commute work. From the job description, does not sound like the person needs to move there. I do writing/consulting work for companies all over the globe writing, testing, etc. and never have any issues with it.

rbernie
July 29, 2009, 05:17 PM
If anyone is interested - they should probably use the contact information provided in the OP.

willbrink
July 29, 2009, 05:26 PM
I sent an email, but Iowa, not likely....

highorder
July 29, 2009, 05:29 PM
I called and spoke to Lisa. Delightful woman.

Relocation is NECESSARY. Salary is approximately $40k.

willbrink
July 29, 2009, 05:32 PM
Thanx for the update. 40k in Iowa is like making 9 million dollars per year in MA...

But seriously, 40k probably gets you a decent set up in Iowa I guess.

End of the day, you're still in Iowa....:p:scrutiny::p

Tim the student
July 29, 2009, 10:31 PM
But seriously, 40k probably gets you a decent set up in Iowa I guess.

Like everywhere, a lot depends on location. In Iowa City, not a ton. In Montezuma, you can probably afford an old victorian.

End of the day, you're still in Iowa....

Is this heaven?

No, it's Iowa.

willbrink
July 30, 2009, 08:07 AM
"No, it's Iowa."


Ummm, right. :rolleyes::p:rolleyes:

22-rimfire
July 30, 2009, 08:44 AM
I hope everyone understands that a technical writer is not an outdoor writer who happens to write about firearms in periodicals. The priorities are a bit different. We used to have a full time technical writer where I worked and this sounds like a semi-entry position for someone who has been interested in, knows firearms, and related products and who has done techical writing. You like doing manuals? These positions are generally not highly paid but offer a reasonable survivable salary for the experience level. The good part is that you would be involved in an industry that you enjoy and could branch out into other journalist endeavors.

Dravur
July 30, 2009, 08:49 AM
My whole company telecommutes. We are a 60 person software company and we get more done this way than the old Brick and Mortar way. We have software designed for meetings, for our phone system, and our work order board.

It is a very Green way to work. My F-150 sits around all day wondering when it gets to go out. My insurance bill is lower as my truck is only used in "pleasure".

I have set up a company to help other companies look at telecommuting and offer audits of systems to see where we can make things happen in that respect.

oh, and I lived in Iowa for 5 years..... The towns along the river are kind of fun. I lived in the Quad Cities and it had a lively life with the Blues fests and RIBCO and all..and Jim's Ribs were the BEST ribs ever!. I also lived in Des Moines for a while... Total snooze fest. I also lived in Guttenberg and Dubuque.... Once you got into the interior of the state, the boredom spread as far as the eye could see.

Also, the coldest I have ever been was on a January day along the river in Rock Island.....I almost froze to death due to the wind, the humidity and the dreariness.... And Im from Montana originally, so that is freaking cold.

Vern Humphrey
July 30, 2009, 07:57 PM
My whole company telecommutes. We are a 60 person software company and we get more done this way than the old Brick and Mortar way. We have software designed for meetings, for our phone system, and our work order board.

It is a very Green way to work. My F-150 sits around all day wondering when it gets to go out. My insurance bill is lower as my truck is only used in "pleasure".
That ties in with my experience.

The only drawback to telecommuting is when you have problems. If you wake up in the middle of the night with a solution to a problem, but you have to go into the office to implement it, you just roll over and go back to sleep.

If your "office" is in the next room, it will nag you until you get up and do something -- even if it's 2:00 AM.

Dravur
July 31, 2009, 09:11 AM
The only problem with working from home for me was "Ride your bike to work day"

It sucked riding down the stairs

Mike OTDP
July 31, 2009, 09:20 AM
Back to the OP - I would seriously consider relaxing the requirement for a BA in communications/journalism/etc. Look for retirees with demonstrably good writing skills, particularly retired military personnel familiar with technical writing.

And no, I'm not bidding for the position. I've still got a decade to go before I can retire from my cushy Federal Civil Service job. :-)

bogie
August 15, 2009, 02:13 PM
Guys, I WANT to move to Montezuma... If you know me, and can sorta vouch that I actually know what I'm talking about, and know anyone involved, please let the folks know.

Bogie
B.A. Public Relations
Army Public Affairs Writer/Photographer
Technical and Medical Communications Guru

Lisa, if you're still reading this, search me on the system - haven't been too active here lately, since I've been job hunting in non-firearms fields, and with the tendency of employers to google prospective employees, and the talking-to I got when I took some framed targets (five 5-shot groups, averaging 0.2015" at 100 yards) and put them on the wall in my old office, I've been a little leery of being "out of the gun safe."

I can give you LOTS of references in the shooting world.

Quentin
August 15, 2009, 02:50 PM
Why can't it be here in Idaho not Iowa! :D

J/K

bogie
September 9, 2009, 05:09 PM
Well, got a polite email from a nice HR person at Brownell's... No dice this time... I guess it's time to put on my "persistent" pants...

9MMare
September 9, 2009, 06:20 PM
As someone who has hired telecommuters and been one myself (software industry), I can definitively say that telecommuting is a horrible thing to manage. Productivity falls off really fast if you can't get your "team" in the same room (literally, not via WebEx, PC Anywhere, etc.). Even if you have the most dedicated folks with great work ethic, you lose an awful lot of creativity and brainstorming power when working across the 'net.

Depends on the people involved. (& the job, but most writing jobs are great for telecommuting.) If you have to 'manage' anything but entry-level people that much, I think there's a work ethic problem with those people...or possibly management's expectations.

Altho I do think it's important to do either face-to-face meetings occasionally or use the better conferencing technology to brainstorm, coordinate, discuss, etc. Like Live Meeting.

As someone who ends up working more than 8 hrs a day anyway, I'd rather spend that and my commute time working at home, and being comfortable at home. I also focus very well at home. Not everyone does...esp. people with kids at home.

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