Re: Tight economy/fewer positions

Subject: Re: Tight economy/fewer positions
From: "Salette Latas" <salette -at- latasgroup -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 10:24:05 -0700

Keith Cronin wrote: I agree that 21K is a pretty crappy salary for a tech
writer, but it beats what I made driving a truck.

Truth be told, this company wasn't looking for a tech writer, per se. They
were looking for a miracle worker who could write proposals, maintain their
web page, develop training, and yes, answer the phones. They somehow figured
that they could find an entry-level administrative assistant to do all that.

Sixty hours a week at $21,000.00 figures out to $6.73 per hour, or just a
little more than what my 16-year-old makes at the local burger joint. If
they can find someone to answer the phones for that salary, fine. But for
professional proposals, web pages, and training development, they need to
hire and pay professionals.

I slung hash at the Waffle House on the midnight shift for $2.10 an hour to
put myself through school, so yes, I am grateful to be in a profession that,
in general, pays me a living wage for doing what I love to do.

Salette




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