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My advice is: Either be glad that you have a job and vow to give the
best you have to it (whether or not you find a particular task
distasteful), or get a different job.
I am very very lucky to have a tech writing job now that I love, that
asks from me everything that I think I can manage to give it. In a past
life, I wasn't so lucky. I had a "tech writing" job where I got to do
exciting things like arranging the annual Christmas party (sans budget);
printing, copying, punching and collating pages for binders of manuals;
collecting "coffee fees" from the coffee drinkers in the office; writing
the reviews of other team members that my supervisor then used as his
own reviews of them; and so on. Did I always like doing those things?
Not really. Sometimes they were fun, but I know that a lot of it
would've been better suited to an admin. Still, without the skills that
I got at *that* job, I wouldn't have *this* job. So it was all worth it.
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