Hiring a Firearms Technical Copy Writer

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Lthomas, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Lthomas

    Lthomas New Member

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    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 product 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.
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    "produce"
    Good luck; there are some very knowledgable people on this forum. I hope one of them fits your bill.
     

  3. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I've slung a lot of lead in my time and I'm very knowledgeable in the use of and technical aspects of most weapons.

    Alas, I've no BA and my AS is in an unrelated field.
     
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  4. Dillinger

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    You might have a problem finding a 4 year degree AND extensive knowledge of firearm's to be honest.

    Most of the really knowledgable people who are in the industry, have been doing it their whole lives because it's something they love.

    Someone that went to school for journalism might also be an avid hunter or hiker, but their over all level of knowledge might not approach what someone that has worked in the industry for years can impart.

    Take a look at the top companies, who are still run by their founders, and you will find plenty of hands on people who have created a niche' market for themselves, then surrounded themselves with the appropriate business minded folks to run the business side.

    Ronnie Barrett isn't doing his own books. The Chandler Brothers aren't either. :D

    Good luck with your search!

    JD
     
  5. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Well, that left me out at the mention of college degree. Why not hire based on firearms knowledge and use editor as needed?
     
  6. skullcrusher

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    I think JD is correct in his thinking. A liberal arts degree does not usually translate to a technical knowledge of firearms. The person you seek with those qualifications is most likely already writing for a competitor of your client. I've worked in the headhunting field. As you know, it can be very tough and cut-throat. Maybe this is why they have charged a recruiter in Ohio to do their bidding in Iowa. Find your rouse and rob a competitor! :D

    Plus, you made no mention of package and or perks.

    Good luck in your search, but I suggest you start looking for those already employed in the industry and try to convert them to your client.

    skullcrusher
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Liberal arts and firearms seem to be mutually exclusive terms. I have a BS in Law Enforcement and Police Science. Eight years as an instructor including teaching report writing and criminal complaints and affidavits to an agency 800+ strong. I routinely draft documents including probable cause affidavits, search warrants and arrest warrants.

    I am a factory trained armorer from three different gun companies. I have been handloading for 30+ years and casting bullets for 25. I have been a student of internal, external and terminal ballistics for many years. I also have a physics background as a traffic accident reconstructionist. I am qualified but have no desire to relocate to Iowa (unless my step son gets a football scholorship to one of your D-1 universities).

    Good luck with your search.
     
  8. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Robo gets my vote.
     
  9. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Robo, sounds like you are the man. Maybe she will entertain the idea of e-mail correspondence writing and editing, like some newspapers do.

    Jack
     
  10. Lthomas

    Lthomas New Member

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    Robo: Yes, thank you for the expert advise. I have already tried those avenues. As for using a recruiter in Ohio - We have great success in placing no less than 13 individuals with this client. They trust us to review all skill sets as they have placed importance. The degree level and the area of degree is set by the client - not me.
    Your insight is greatly appreciated - Thank you again.
     
  11. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I have ducked a lot of lead in my time, Though I do not have a degree I can BS with the best.
     
  12. canebrake

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    Is this the Palmer Group - Des Moines job?

    I am a Navy vet (Weapons), have 45 years of firearms experience, 20 years as a mechanical engineer, 6 years as a technical writer for GM as a diagnostic and repair manual writer.

    And I have NO interest in moving from Margaritaville to Iowa!

    If it's a work from home, $200K/year, health and life, expense account including ammo and R1 travel expenses paid I'd be glad to talk with you.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Jo da Plumbr

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    Don't forget you'll need to have an expense account to fly in expert weapons testers from around the forum... I mean country. :D
     
  14. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    I second that very critical and important noted observation. That would surly be a deal breaker. :)
     
  15. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    On a more positive note, Ms. Thomas posted here looking for a qualified individual. That says a lot in itself, giving some degree of credibiity to this forum. I'd take it as a compliment.

    Having said that I'd vote for Robo as well. But moving form Texas to Ohio would be too high a price to pay!

    TXnorton
     
  16. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I am glad she did post here maybe someone will step up to the plate and apply
     
  17. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Having been involved in more tech pub chops/re-writes/translations than I want to recall, I can't imagine anyone volunteering for such a grueling, contentious, demeaning job. There is a reason that it hasn't been filled.
     
  18. MemphisJim1

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    I agree with all who see the recruiter's posting as a positive endorsement for this Forum as a potential candidate generator. I also agree with those who see a liberal arts education and firearms technical writing as possibly mutually exclusive endeavors. I guess maybe I shouldn't have substituted Greek for physics. But through hard work and study I've learned the difference between ogive and bop. Shame I'm not a pheasant hunter, either. On the other hand, my 401k is now about a 101k...maybe there is some magic in those corn fields.
     
  19. WDB

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    Good luck with your search Lisa and a great way to look for a qualified canidate, thinking out of the box. As already expressed most degree holders on a forum like this will have a Bachelor of Science degree instead of a Bachelors of Arts degree as most firearm owners with extensive experience are mechanical, mathematical and science minded people. It might be worth going back to the client and ask them to reconsider the requirements so you can find a person who is knowledgeable/creditable in this field.