Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?

Subject: Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:30:07 -0800 (PST)

Yes. And I was responding to someone who commented he had seen ads with pay rates as low as $13.


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From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>; "salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>; "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9:05 AM
Subject: RE: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?

Keith Hood wrote:

> At $13 an hour you'd spend your time more profitably by getting jobs
> through odesk.com.  No commuting costs that way and you can handle it,
> you can do multiple jobs simultaneously.

The Volt job William inquired about is for $25/hr.

> > JOB TITLE: WRITER EDITOR
> > ESTIMATED ASSIGNMENT PERIOD: 12/09/2011 THRU 09/30/2012
> > LOCATION: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
> > RATE:  25.00 PER HOUR (W2)

And I agree with Chris -- this is clearly an entry-level position. I wouldn't even call it technical writing.

> > JOB DUTIES:   This position will be responsible for the development
> and
> > maintenance of a team web/portal page that will allow for team
> > collaboration as well as provide useful information and training data
> to
> > non-team members. In addition this position will support the
> development of
> > department presentation material and written correspondence.

If you're fresh out of community college or have a year or two experience creating simple websites, this would be a good offer. If you're a senior technical writer, the job description should have caused you to move on -- unless you're out of work and willing to take such a low-level assignment while you continue to look for something more suitable.

Although even an experienced person might have trouble meeting the requirement that you have above average knowledge of "_all_ of the various drawing, presentation, and writing tools," especially "Adobe . writer." :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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303-903-6372
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References:
Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?: From: William Sherman
Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?: From: Chris Morton
Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?: From: Keith Hood
RE: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?: From: Combs, Richard

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