Monday, August 27, 2007

Writer Rant ...

Poking around Craigslist today, I spied a posting for a "Financial Copywriter for a Large Financial Website."

I know nothing much about finance, but I clicked on the link.

In a nutshell, this person is seeking, ideally, a college graduate with journalism experience whose responsibilities will include:

- Writing articles for our main website and sub-sites
- Reviewing and editing the current content posted on the site
- Writing, editing, and reviewing posts to our company blog
- Reviewing and editing press releases before they are sent out
- Learning about the debt/credit/loan industries and keeping up on the latest news and trends

Well, that's quite a lot of responsibility for a Large Financial Website.

Let's take a look at the compensation, shall we?

- $1500 per month to start. Review after 6 months with possible pay increase, based on individual and company results
- No benefits at first.
- Performance-based incentives and bonuses.
- Compensation is based on spending a minimum of 5 days per week working from the office. If you would like to telecommute, we will have to negotiate a lower rate.

I thought I might be seeing a typo, so I wrote to the poster to confirm that he did indeed mean $1,500 per month, not per week. He replied with, "Sorry, this position has been filled."

Well, darn. I missed my chance to work a "minimum of 5 days per week" for "$1500 per month."

When are people going to get a clue? You can't pay a professional writer with journalism experience $18,000 a year, GROSS, and expect them to work a "minimum of five days per week."

Writing is a valuable skill. If everyone could do it well, no one would need to hire writers.

And, you get what you pay for.


Anonymous Ethan said...

And, you get what you pay for.

Presumably, they will. ;-)

Or, as someone once told me at a dead-end job I once worked, "they want to make it so that any idiot can do this job. Because eventually, any idiot will."

Idiocracy indeed.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

Wow. You know, $1500 is almost as much as I make, and I've been at my job for three years....

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...

Heh. Have you read Craiglist Curmudgeoon?

4:46 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Ohmygosh, Alison! I didn't know about CC! So fab! Thanks!


: o )

4:52 PM  

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