Re: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring

Subject: Re: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring
From: Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- TECHWR-L -dot- COM
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 23:53:04 -0700

I have picked a bit up from this thread. I recently retired from the rate race. I got tired of being told I was not qualified for the job. It became clear that being 60+ was not something they wanted to deal with. And, I could do their job with no problem. Except for one company that wanted someone to write scripts, debug them, debug others scripts and write documentation on how to interface their system with another system. You actually needed to be a math major, understand various algorithms, and then write their documentation. I had a colleague apply to the same company. And they keep me waiting for over an hour. And she had to reschedule her interview because they left her waiting 2 hours and couldn't make the meeting. Leave it to say, she wasn't impressed. And they felt she wasn't qualified. I have no idea why they even put out the job specs.

From what I hear, things are better. Keep plugging away. Just don't let them take you down either. Good luck and I hope the best.

As for me, I sleep in. Take care of my dog. And talk with my financial analyst how best to go forward in my retirement.

Bob

day." (Sy Safransky)


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Subject: Re: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring

Almost the only jobs postings around these parts that list pay rates are
often half of the current market value for qualified technical writers.
I'm guessing they're getting a lot of desperate people who have zero
qualifications in the field, because anyone with experience would know
that's a bargain basement rate.

There's also a local company that I applied to back in January that had the
most ridiculous pre-employment screening personality test I've ever taken
(and I took a two day battery of personality tests when I was in school as
part of a match your personality to your career experiment). Their test,
which purported to be based on "typical" business situations, was so odd and
difficult that I almost bailed out it. And I usually ace standardized tests.
But I figured I might as well finish it. Unsurprisingly I turned out to not
match whatever their ideal profile was on the test. It's been nine months,
they're still looking to fill that position. I keep wondering if I should
send that letter that I wrote to HR about how their bad written test is
probably weeding out perfectly qualified candidates. In my case, it let me
know loud and clear that they were not a company that I wanted to work for.


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References:
Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring: From: Matt Danda
Re: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring: From: Julie Stickler
RE: Interesting Article on Pay and Hiring: From: Al Geist

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