Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments

Subject: Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:53:18 +0800

On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM, John Allred <jack -at- allrednet -dot- com> wrote:

> Â When a company lists a job and specifies that applicants must give
> Â salary requirements in their applications, what are they fishing for?
> Â Do you give them a figure, or simply move on to the next job listing? I
> Â can't figure how anyone would be willing to give away a negotiating
> Â strategy before a company even expresses interest in them.

Another possibility is to go to something like the STC salary survey or
payscale.com, get some numbers, and quote them. Something like:

The Society for Technical Communication salary survey (URL)
indicates that the average rate for an experienced writer in
(REGION) is $(NUMBER) a year. You should be prepared to
pay above that average rate to get the best employee. The
rate I want would depend on other benefits, on the interest
of the job, and on the complexity of your documentation
requirements. However, we can take the STC number as
a good starting point for negotiation.

This will drive away anyone who is just looking for the cheapest
solution,which is good.
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