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It happens to me all the time. I guess you can't blame them for trying. After all, they want to make as much money as they can, too.
Would it be legal to put up a web site where people post the pay rates they have received at various places?
--- On Fri, 10/17/08, Kevin McGowan <thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> From: Kevin McGowan <thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
> Subject: perspective on rates
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: Friday, October 17, 2008, 11:48 AM
> Hiya list...
> Just wanted to share an anecdote from the last couple of
> days, as it's happened to me several times and I'm
> guessing I'm not alone.
> I got a cold-call about a contract opportunity from an
> agency. They are looking for someone with many years of
> experience, someone who can lead a team...and who has a
> great knowledge of XML, HTML, etc etc etc. Clearly, they are
> looking for a senior writer. However, when I gave them my
> rate, they balked and said that they could only pay about a
> third of that.
> I don't want to get into the specific numbers, but the
> rate is what I have charged at past contracts without a
> problem...and their suggested rate would really be for an
> entry-level person, IMO.
> Obviously, we wont' be moving forward on it...but
> I'm curious if anyone else has met these kind of
> dramatically unrealistic salary expectations before?
> It's a bit maddening!
> Kevin McGowan thatguy_80 -at- hotmail -dot- com
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