Re: Where is the ceiling in TW?

Subject: Re: Where is the ceiling in TW?
From: "Maggie Secara" <maggiros -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 11:15:18 -0800

I don't think I've ever gotten more than a cost of living raise without actually changing jobs. In the past, companies complained that times were hard and no one owuld get more than 3%. And even recently, I was told everyone would get the same raise, regardless of performance. My then-manager wasn't happy about that, not just because he wanted to give me more, but there were some peolple he definitly wanted to give less.

For me to get a substantial raise in salary--even just to keep end with the low end of TW "average" in my area--I have to change jobs. One of the drawbacks of salaried positions, in fact, is that you keep slipping behind the curve.

At least, that's my experience.

Maggie Secara

From: "Habegger, Nolan" <nolan -dot- habegger -at- dyonyx -dot- com>
Reply-To: "Habegger, Nolan" <nolan -dot- habegger -at- dyonyx -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Subject: Where is the ceiling in TW?
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 09:10:30 -0600

Hypothetical situation: You are a senior level technical writer with 15
years experience managing your employer's documentation group. You are
making $60-70K a year as a full-time, salaried employee. Your employer is
telling you that the company has reached its limit on your services. They
can't afford to give you any more than a standard cost of living raise from
this point forward. A job search in the surrounding metropolitan area
reveals that other companies are in the same boat for someone with your

1. If you don't want to relocate, but you also don't want to throw away all
of your hard-earned experience, what would you (personally) do to ensure
your income increases? How would you continue to "be a writer" and make more
money than you're making now? What type of work would you look for? In what

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