Throughout my working life I've been associated with several Fortune 500 companies, first as a direct employee and later (and wiser) as a contract professional. Upon completing my undergraduate studies I joined a benevolent computer and data processing giant in Upstate New York, where I worked for nearly two decades as an engineer, with two years in supervisory management.
Yet neither engineering nor management afforded me much career satisfaction. By the time the era of downsizings and layoffs finally took their toll on me (and tens of thousands of fellow employees of numerous other corporations), I had discovered a passion for writing. Out of work and in an outplacement service paid for by my former employer, the benevolent computer and data processing giant, I decided I had nothing to lose by reinventing myself as a technical writer, an occupation that had for years lurked subliminally in my professional subconscious until it was forced to the surface by the grim reality of my layoff. This decision soon led me to experience simultaneously the joys of professional contracting and freedom from the corporate cudgel.
I've lived the existence of a contract professional for well over a decade now and am happier than Iíve ever been with my work life. During that time I was commissioned by numerous corporate clients to write many how-to guides and step-by-step user manuals. One day it occurred to me, why not a manual and a web site of my own on how to escape the corporation yet continue to derive a living from it?
Little did I realize that upon the arrival of this age of employment turbulance my book would also serve as the prescription for regaining employment while those who follow the traditional path are floundering.