17 Feb TimelyChat February 2020Home » TimelyText Events + Info »
Periodically we like to check-in with current and former TimelyText contract employees for a brief chat to discuss their experiences working with TimelyText. In this chat, we feature Tom Lyndes.
When did you begin contracting with TimelyText?
About 15 years ago. I have worked for TimelyText off and on since then.
When you start a new assignment, what is the onboarding experience like?
Ronnie or Adrian meet with you and the new employer. They discuss expectations. It is cordial and low-stress.
How would you describe the types of assignments you’ve received from TimelyText?
Mostly interesting work with medium-sized companies who have managed to acquire employees who are at the top of their game. Mostly kind and civil work environments. I have been required to create all types of content, from user manuals to marketing assets.
Why do you continue contracting with TimelyText?
This is an ethical, professional company that manages to find me great assignments.
How does contracting compare to working a full-time job?
Since contracting is mostly a string of short-term assignments, I have to budget accordingly and have a cushion to fall back on for expenses between jobs. The time off between jobs can be fun. You can spend 8 hours a day tied to a desk looking for your next gig, or you can go out and have some fun and let TimelyText find you your next gig, which won’t take long, usually, in my experience.
What do you like the most about contracting?
The variety of work, and the people whom I have met on my various jobs.
What advice do you have for someone considering a move to contract work?
Find a reputable local company like TimelyText who knows the area and has established relationships with employers. There are a lot of recruiters out there who are not local who claim to have close relationships with local employers, but really don’t and will waste your time. In my experience, I would also not bother with state of NC jobs. They are cattle calls and don’t pay very well for what they expect you to do.
I’m a storyteller!
Exactly how I’ve told stories has changed through the years, going from writing college basketball analysis in the pages of a newspaper to now, telling the stories of the people of TimelyText. Nowadays, that means helping a talented technical writer land a new gig by laying out their skills, or even a quick blog post about a neat project one of our instructional designers is finishing in pharma.