Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?

Subject: Re: Ask for a raise? Or pack my bags?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:32:14 -0700

Salary.com says the median for Technical Writer II is $72K, though if
you're good and focus on the right specialties, in a few years you
could double that.

People who aren't at the top of the salary range mostly commute from
cheaper places such as San Leandro, Fremont, Milpitas, or San Jose,
though there are much cheaper places here and there all over Silicon
Valley. Search on Craigslist with a maximum rent specified.

On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM, Keith Mahoney <kamahoney1965 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> All -
>
> I looked up Rent in South Bay (Sunnyvale, Cupertino, etc.) and a one
> bedroom was 2.5 - 4k per month - OUCH!!
>
> Given this, what rates does a contractor charge in the Bay - and what is a
> reasonable FT Salary given the cost of living? Even 100+k a year sounds
> like it would fall short . . . .
>
> KAM
>
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 3:01 PM, Di <dicorrie -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
>> One tactic is to put out a negotiating feeler to test the waters. Ask for
>> something small to test.
>>
>> Your time and costs go up if you have to travel to work every day instead
>> of occaisionally. Managers understand about time and costs. So that a
>> safe start. You could work out what the increase is to you using your
>> current pay for hours worked as guidance. Ir is reasonable enough to get
>> at least this increase - and perhaps rounded up if you were due for small
>> increase soon anyway. It probably would not be a heck of a big cost for
>> them to give you an increase for this and who knows they might even admire
>> Ãour accounting type bottom line thinking.
>>
>> If they are listen and try to be flexible then you know they genuinely want
>> you there. (But like any 'good manager' they are just trying to get you
>> as cheap as they can get you!) In this case, getting small increases often
>> is probably an easier strategy for getting to where you want to be, than
>> aiming for big increases less often. You could focus on some achievement
>> milestones and raise the subject of another small raise with your
>> achievements as your business case, whenever you achieve one.
>>
>> Apologies if I am repeating - not sure that I have got the whole thread.
>>
>>
>>
>> On 29 June 2015 at 01:41, Ed <glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>> > There is a third option. Get an offer.
>> > The order of things should be, "Get an offer, pack your bags, ask for a
>> > raise."
>> >
>> > You might be surprised at the pay offered to you by some of those big
>> > companies today. I hope you get 75k and nice perks, but it may not
>> happen.
>> > Temp work may be in your future.
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