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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.
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
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.
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