RE: Reality Check II - salaries in the new world

Subject: RE: Reality Check II - salaries in the new world
From: LMK <cobaltcat -at- dmci -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 10:13:10 -0500

Ah, yes, good approach. IF you have any idea what their advertised salary
is! Around here, listings usually say "One year technical writing
experience required, proficiency using all versions of every MS app ever
written, 8 years experience in insurance, 5 years writing grant proposals,
5 years application training development. Coding C++ and web development
desirable. Must understand SDLC. Must be able to lift 70 lbs."

This is a common job listing. You have to sell your skills before you can
begin the all-guesswork salary negotiation. And the range from company to
company is so broad that it is hard to peg "the market".


> So let's say you used to make $50K and the new position is advertised at
> $40K (a 20% drop), then make sure to tell them you were making $50K in your
> last position but you're aware of the realities of today's job market, etc.

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