Re: Trouble finding work

Subject: Re: Trouble finding work
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 10:36:44 -0400


That is very odd, and though you're not in an ideal situation, I'm
glad you're not taking the $20 rates being offered. I don't take those
either. If they want to pay me $20/hr, they can gladly do so for me to
landscape their lawn, wire their home addition, or bounce at the club.

But, I've been unemployed too many times in recent years due to
layoffs from bad business decisions, dot-bomb explosions (or
implosions), and lack of venture capital funding. But, I've not had a
problem finding contract work until a FTE opportunity came along. I've
been able to command a good rate working on short-term contracts
either locally, remotely from home, or as a independent trainer.

I guess it goes back to John P's question of how you're going about
your job search.

On 4/17/05, Donna Marino <domarino -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:
> 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.

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