Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be TWs.

Subject: Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be TWs.
From: "M Rassmussen" <mrassmussen -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 16:05:25 +0000

One month ago, I interviewed for a position at a university, and I was told that I'd be contacted when a decision was made. I have yet to hear back, and I'm wondering if it normally takes this much time to make a decision. Of course, I applied for the position in March and didn't get a call to interview until June, so it might take eons at this place. Either they're incredibly thorough or extremely lazy.

This is only the second job search I've been on, and I don't know what's typical. I graduated from college last year, and I had my current job lined up before graduation -- and I think it's fair to say I lucked into it. (Never hurts when the interviewer's daughter is only one year older than you are, and she graduated from the same school.)

I sent thank you messages to both interviewers the next day, and I think I did well on the interview. Should I just wait to (maybe) hear from someone or would it be acceptable to call and check on the status? The job is no longer being advertised on the university's Web site, so I assume either they're making a decision or they've made one and I wasn't privy to it.

Also, can anyone give an estimate as to the worth of a technical writer (with a year of work experience and a year of internships) who designs computer-based training, creates both HTML and XML documents (with a side of Javascript), has advanced Photoshop skills, and does QA and configuration management?

The other technical writers are sort of old school and not up on the latest technologies, so I tend to fill that void. If I'm not familiar with something, I'll do tons of research and learn it yesterday. They're taking for granted (financially, anyway) that I'm a savvy young thang and instead of their hiring someone (at a much higher rate) to solve a problem, I'll find a way. And I do, but the more they realize that I can do (or figure out), the more they're dropping in my lap.

I think my company is getting a bargain, and even though our customer (who pays the bills) wanted me to get a fairly substantial raise given all of the work I've been doing, my boss gave me a piddling raise and refused to discuss it further. I get the impression he's still irked that I got $5k more than he wanted to pay me initially.

Hence, why I'm looking for another job.


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