RE: FWD: Looking for advice -- up to the job?

Subject: RE: FWD: Looking for advice -- up to the job?
From: "Wilcox, Rose (ZB5646)" <Rose -dot- Wilcox -at- pinnaclewest -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 14:11:11 -0700



Meta-thread observation:
The responses to this post from this list have made me feel proud of
Techwr-ler and more willing to be an active member.

Life Experience observation:

One time I took a little jaunt down the hallway at my job -- and found my
boss and my consulting agency rep walking and talking with another tech
writer I knew from past projects. So that's how I found out I was being
replaced. Long story short: a couple of years later we found ourselves
working on yet another project together this time. He and I had a lot of
mutual respect for each other -- we both knew the other as good quality
technical writers.

When we talked about that previous embarrassing sitchawayshun, he told me,
"Sometimes they like ya, sometimes they don't."

This saying, as simple as it is, has helped me in my career. It helped
realize not all environments are for me. It's not always about me,
sometimes it's just not a good fit for some reason. For instance, I do NOT
do well in a micro-managed environment.

To add to the list of things you can do to cheer yourself up:

Rewrite your resume, focusing on your strengths. Use one of them-there
job-looking-for-resume-rewriting-positive books. If you look for what you
*are* truly good at, it will remind you that you are a quality professional,
regardless of your most recent experience (that didn't work out.)

Another saying I have lived by: "There is no failure except no longer
trying."

Do some service work. Help other people in need or small furry animals.
Get out of yourself and that will cheer you up. If some of it requires job
skills, more the better, keep sharp.

Think of job searching as "practice" and practice doing it better, focusing
on the experience rather than the results.

I thought many of the other ideas were great, too. So hang in there;
everything in life is about learning. As far as different types of learning
styles go, maybe if you learn about your style, which you refer to as
"plodding", you will find out that it has some hidden strengths you never
realized.

Some folks with slower learning styles, seem to, once they grasp something,
keep ahold of it longer than I. I don't know if that is the case with you,
it might be something different. It might just be low self esteem at this
point.

The real point IS: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. We all have something to
offer. Comparison is the cosmic sludge of the universe, as Hazel Martin
once said.

Sinc.,
Rosie Wilcox





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