Re: Trouble finding work

Subject: Re: Trouble finding work
From: Donna Marino <domarino -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2005 21:57:53 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

I'm in Colorado, have 15 years of experience, my expertise is online help, technical reference manuals, technical training in the software industry -- actually in 15 years, I've done pretty much everything a software tech writer can do. I have an excellent resume and impeccable references. I'm on just about every job list and respond to every lead that I'm qualified for.

By low hourly rates, I mean $20 per hour.

People are constantly telling the market is improving, but not from my perspective. I don't think I've ever been out of work this long (not even after 9/11). In other words, I'm always able to find work easily and that's just not the case these days.

I asked my question to try to get a feel for what the market is like in general, and to find out if others are having the same experience.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Sent: Apr 17, 2005 2:31 PM
To: Donna Marino <domarino -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Cc: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Trouble finding work

Well, I don't know where you are, how many years' experience you have,
what your expertise is, what tools you know, what you expect for a
(I'm guessing hourly) rate, what your resume looks like, how you're
sending it out, what your cover letters look like, or really anything
much at all about your situation. I do know the market's better than
it was a couple of years ago, and contract opportunities are growing
in number.

On 4/17/05, Donna Marino <domarino -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:
> I've been unemployed since December, and although I've diligently looked
> for a job, nothing has come up. I don't even hear back from employers when
> I send them my resume. And if I do, their rates are ridiculously low. Is
> anyone else experiencing the same thing? I'm wondering if this is just my
> experience or the state of the market in general.


Accelerate the document lifecycle with full online discussions and unique feedback-management capabilities. Unlimited, efficient reviews for Word
and FrameMaker authors. Live, online demo:

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archiver -at- techwr-l -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: Trouble finding work
Next by Author: RE: exempt vs. non-exempt
Previous by Thread: Re: Trouble finding work
Next by Thread: Re: Trouble finding work

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads