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Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?
Subject:Re: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable? From:Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:57:02 -0800
This looks like a position ripe for a young newbie, as there are plenty of
young people with associate degrees who could fill this position. I
wouldn't waste my time with this.
Oh, and "... above average knowledge of the *varies* software tools
required...". I know that few placement agencies bother to check their own
postings, but this would also cause me to turn up my nose.
I also knew some Volt contractors at HP who weren't happy with that outfit;
I'm glad I had a choice and went with CDI for that gig.
On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 7:07 AM, William Sherman
<bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>wrote:
> I know the economy is in the toilet and a lot of people have been out of
> work. As such many companies have been offering nothing to writers. I saw
> some ads in Florida this last spring which were as low as $13 per hour.
> some ads from the West Coast have been low $20s and I know that health
> insurance premiums alone can eat up practically all of that. A year ago, a
> company switched vendors and the new vendor offered us health insurance,
> but the catch was, the amount I would pay was about $2300 per month for the
> family plan.
> What do most of you consider acceptable? Do you tell the recruiter simply
> no thanks or do you burn them with a "$XX per hour? Are you &%$#* nuts?"
> reply? Or do you calmly try to educate them that a low offer like that is
> far below anything someone can live on or that a responsible technical
> writer would accept?
> Why I ask is I received this in the email and the rate is what I would
> consider great for 1985. Does Volt think because they are a $2 billion
> sales company I should work for peanuts?
> For over 60 years, Volt has been a leading FORTUNE 1000 leader in staffing
> services. With annual sales approaching $2 billion, Volt has a proven
> record of success based on forward looking solutions and performance.
> We are looking for talents of the highest caliber and driven professionals
> who are inspired by challenge. We connect your excellent talent with
> innovative and progressive companies. We have numerous openings throughout
> the US (jobs.volt.com).
> We saw your resume on the Internet/Volt resume database. We represent a
> company called Volt Aerospace Services Group (www.volt.com). We are
> currently looking for:
> JOB TITLE: WRITER EDITOR
> ESTIMATED ASSIGNMENT PERIOD: 12/09/2011 THRU 09/30/2012
> LOCATION: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
> RATE: 25.00 PER HOUR (W2)
> JOB DUTIES: This position will be responsible for the development and
> maintenance of a team web/portal page that will allow for team
> collaboration as well as provide useful information and training data to
> non-team members. In addition this position will support the development of
> department presentation material and written correspondence.
> JOB SKILLS: This position should have an above average knowledge of the
> varies software tools required for web/portal page development and all of
> the various drawing, presentation, and writing tools such as Visio, MS
> powerpoint, MS word and Adobe reader and writer
> For immediate consideration, please:
> Attach an MS Word version of your resume.
> What is your eligibility to work in the U.S. (US Citizen / Permanent
> Resident, etc.)?
> Volt - Aerospace Services Group
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