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Elaine Garnet writes:
> I so agree with the sell-by date. Mine apparently expired many years
> ago despite my technological aptitude. I am finding that companies are
> hiring candidates fresh out of university and training them for the
> job. These young ones will work long hours for dirt cheap wages. How
> can you compete with that if you have 10 years experience doing that
> job successfully and are a mature candidate?
[Stephen Arrants] I encountered this when I lived and worked in
California. What I did was position/sell myself as a fixer. The company
may have gotten a manual out of a "technical writer" for $13/hour, but
after they either couldn't use it, couldn't understand it, or had a
ginourmous increase in support calls they hired me. And I got more than
$13 an hour.
I've survived recessions, reorganization, downsizing, rightsizings,
repositionings, and crashes. I still write. I still edit. I still
provide UX consultations. If a low rate was all that was available, I
took a job at WALMART or Wolff's coffee rather than work somewhere for
just over minimum wage. That was my decision, I don't expect it to be
yours. And I'm not going to tell you that you're denigrating the
"profession" or hurting anyone. You do what you need to do to survive
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