Re: More Low Paying Jobs

Subject: Re: More Low Paying Jobs
From: John Allred <jack -at- allrednet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:58:05 -0600

If this is true, isn't there an ethical issue at stake? Consider this scenario. I have "Bob," already employed here, tagged for this job. I know I'm going to pay him oh, say, $75k a year. But, to satisfy some requirement, I advertise the job publicly for $13/hour.

In this case, I probably know one of two things. Either no one will be foolish enough to apply for the job (it not being credible) or, if they do, I know I would never hire them, under any circumstances. I'm not sure I'd care to be Bob. I'm not sure he could trust anything I tell him about his position with the company.

I don't even want to consider the third option, that it's possible a manager thinks he or she might get a valuable employee for this job at $13/hour or would be willing to take advantage of someone in that way.

~john


On 3/9/2012 3:48 PM, Suzette Leeming wrote:

Peter said " There is another possibility--the job is advertised badly so
that it can be filled internally. They have someone picked out already, but
have to advertise outside. They want to spend as little time as possible
wading through applicants who might actually be qualified. "

That makes more sense, and I almost wish that is the case.


On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM, Peter Neilson<neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>wrote:

On Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:12:50 -0500, Dan Goldstein<
DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com> wrote:

I still don't see how a company could pass regulatory on digital avionic
products with an inexperienced technical editor. Unless... Is this
actually an editorial assistant to the real TW, who has the requisite
knowledge? If it's an apprenticeship, then the hourly wage makes sense.

Of course! It's not an apprenticeship, because it's only a few months.
Instead it's a>>technical typist<< shoehorned into a fancier job title.
They probably need someone who can transcribe printed docs, or who can
proofread stuff that's been badly ocr-ified. Should also be able to make
coffee without scalding herself, and watch the boss's child on occasion.

Military, aviation, etc. used to have a lot of people in this sort of
category, called secretaries, typists, filing clerks. Nearly all were
poorly paid and nearly all were female.

Underneath the glamor of the job title there is the understanding that
this person will have zero opportunity to screw things up by changing even
one word of text without approval.

I've known people who have held these jobs, and who seethed as they saw
technically inaccurate material pass through as they reformatted it, having
no authority even to mention the error to anyone who could fix it!

There is another possibility--the job is advertised badly so that it can
be filled internally. They have someone picked out already, but have to
advertise outside. They want to spend as little time as possible wading
through applicants who might actually be qualified.


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References:
More Low Paying Jobs: From: Stephen Arrants
RE: More Low Paying Jobs: From: Combs, Richard
RE: More Low Paying Jobs: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: More Low Paying Jobs: From: Peter Neilson
Re: More Low Paying Jobs: From: Suzette Leeming

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