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

Subject: Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:52:37 -0500

Yes, I had both in there. I had seen jobs listed in Florida for as low as $13 per hour last spring. Insane. And it was obvious they wanted to hire a secretary to do technical writing. Lots of office work plus doing manuals and white papers.

The Volt job isn't as bad, although $25 is where I was in 1986. Unfortunately, my $600 a month for a house then isn't available now, except as roommate status.



----- Original Message ----- 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>; <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?


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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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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
Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?: From: Keith Hood

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