Re(2): Looking for advice -- up to the job?

Subject: Re(2): Looking for advice -- up to the job?
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 16:30:21 +0200

>Small companies often look for people who can do a little of everything.

But small companies usually need someone who can do the job reliably, as
they have nobody to clean up after others. By his or her own description,
Anonymous appears to have problems getting the job done at the expected level.

Anonymous, you did not say clearly why you think you are failing at the
job, although you hint that you may have trouble getting your head around
the issues at hand quickly enough.

Before you decide on your future course, I think that you should find an
answer to the question Sean posted: Why are you failing?

Depending on the answer, the way to a satisfying job that you can do
satisfactorily can greatly differ. Some sample problems and suggestions:

- Have trouble working quickly enough: Try to find a job with less time
pressure. A non-profit organization or university may be the right

- Cannot understand the topics to be described well enough because of
limited knowledge in the business: Get a better basic education in the
relevant areas.

- Cannot understand the topics to be described well enough because of
intellectual limits: Maybe tech writing is not for you. Consider a job
with less emphasis on thinking.

- Cannot get along with coworkers: If this happens once, changing the
company may be the best course. If it happens time and again, you may
want to get professional consultation as to what may be a problem in your
personality and how you could change it.

- Cannot find the motivation to work steadily: Find a job that is more
interesting to you.

Of course, other problems may be the cause of your perceived lack of
success, and there may be better answers to the problems mentioned above.
Just try to find out first what keeps you from having the success you
want before embarking on a way to get it.

Hope this helps
Jan Henning

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