Re: FWIW....secretaries and whatnot......

Subject: Re: FWIW....secretaries and whatnot......
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 10:25:58 -0700

m w wrote:
> Sometimes some general editing is a nice change of
> pace from the grind of doucmenting line after line of
> code or other analytical details....
> Every now and then, I don't mind doing something
> outside of my tech writer job description. I think it
> shows that you have a cooperative attitude and a good
> team player spirit. Heck, on the first day of one of
> my contracts, I carried a desk down a flight of steps
> to put in my cubicle; otherwise, I would have had no
> place to sit. I even cracked a rib in the process,
> which infuriated my recruiter, who pointed to my
> contract and said that I was not supposed to be doing
> those things. I just have the attitude that I'l do
> whatever it takes to make the project work....

In many companies, especially startups, multiple roles are a given.
At a couple of places, the most accurate description of my position
would have been "the non-programming guy." Writing, advertising,
deal-making, strategic planning, going for office supplies - you
name it, I did it. Gradually, my job would calve like an iceberg as
people were hired.

In my present position, I didn't even have a job title until it came
time to print the business cards. Even then, the title was for
external use.

If anything, I thrive on the variety. So long as I'm well paid and
have the level of responsibility that I enjoy, I'm not going to lose
sleep over job descriptions.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7189 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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