RE: Sr Tech Writer job?

Subject: RE: Sr Tech Writer job?
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: "'Peter Neilson'" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:55:27 -0500

Peter Neilson wrote about an employment ad:

"Just found one listed, requires HS diploma, pays $19/hr. It's over 150
miles from my home. It's career-change time, isn't it?"

I regularly see help wanted ads for a company. One day, curiosity got me and
I called them about the position. They wanted a Sr. Tech Writer and were
willing to go as high as $20 an hour with minimal benefits. However,
benefits wouldn't start until they satisfied a six-month grace period. (They
justified the "minimal" benefits by saying they were a small company and
that they haven't had much luck with writers.) That was about a year ago and
I've seen four ads (once ever three months) for a Sr. Tech Writer with 5-7
years experience. The company is also about 150 miles away. They refuse to
pay more and they refuse to allow telecommuting, because technical writers
are just not reliable. I hope they find someone to fit their needs.
Unfortunately for them, I AM reliable and don't like to be insulted before I
even turn in a resume. I imagine a lot of other writers (Jr. on up) also
don't like to be insulted.

Al Geist
Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design, Video, Photography
Office/Msg: 802-872-9190
Cell: 802-578-3964
E-mail: al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com
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