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From:Karen Steele <karen -at- BILBO -dot- SUITE -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 9 Jun 1994 16:09:34 -0500
> Do you have to "sign-up" exclusively with a job shop? (In other words
> are you committed to working for a particular place for a period of time?)
No. In fact, this would be a bad move, because your options would be so
limited. Commit to a shop for the length of the contract. After that, all bets
are off unless you have become an employee of the firm (they guarantee
your salary & benefits even when there is no contract).
You want to be free to find the best situation for yourself.
> Do you think the salaries are dropping now that there are more people out
> there looking for work?
No. (At least, not here in the sunny South. ) Actually, they seem to be
coming back up. There are still a lot of job shops out there that will offer
the lowest $$. But, if you are meeting regularly with your peers (CIC PIC
members of your local STC chapter), you will know what the current rates
are & which shops are paying well & which shops aren't. (Do I sound like a
broken record?) In this business, you absolutely MUST network if you want
to be working from a position of market knowledge.
It is to your advantage to have the most current intelligence when you enter
> Would you recommend starting out with a job shop before trying to go
> independant? Pros and cons to either way?
That worked best for me. I was not sure how to go about locating clients, or
what I should charge, or even what the contract should contain. I found that
working with a job shop first allowed me to learn the market & figure out the
best way to market my services. Eventually, people I've worked with
moved to new employers. They call me directly when they needed help.