Re: when is it ok to leave a contract job?

Subject: Re: when is it ok to leave a contract job?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:23:36 -0700

I like Keith's suggestion. Several years ago I was in a similar situation,
although I was there 40 hours per week and the pay was great. The trouble
was that my team was put on ice while an inexperienced senior mgr attempted
to figure out how to steer a huge HW/SW upgrade forward. My team leader
(also a contractor) let us do whatever we wanted in the interim, while he
was busy trying to get our marching orders. Ultimately he was let go over
the course of a weekend (!), thereby signaling to the rest of us that our
time was also near.

During those six months I became very proficient using WinBatch, a robust
scripting tool, and did a LOT of coding for personal projects. But all the
while I felt very uneasy coming to work there and was very glad to get that
same weekend call not to come in the following Monday.

> Chris

On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> I have to say I think boredom is not sufficient reason to quit a job. Been
> there, done that, got the souvenir coffee mug. I've had the glorified
> secretary jobs too, more than once. I know it grinds but I think that's
> also insufficient reason to leave at this point.
>
> If the lack of hours is causing you a financial problem, that's your
> reason for leaving. I think anyone would be hard pressed to try to argue
> you into staying in a job that's not paying enough.
>
> If you're getting paid to be there, and the money isn't a significant
> problem, find some online tutorials in something that interests you and let
> them pay you to improve your mind.
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Becca <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> To: tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:11 PM
> Subject: when is it ok to leave a contract job?
>
>
>
> I just started a contract writing job - it's supposed to go through
> October - March.
>
> At the interview, it was implied that I'd be developing procedures -
> actually getting to write them. As the project is shaking out, however, I
> won't do any writing at all, only some (light) editing and (heavy)
> formatting to put things into a Word template. And since the template
> we've spent the last few weeks developing will be given to the people
> who are actually writing the procedures, mostly what I'll be doing could
> be done by someone a few steps above a clerk/secretary.
>
> I started the job on October 8. So far I've been lucky to spend 20 hours
> at work, and that mostly checking my email and reading blogs, because
> they're not ready for me yet. They *may* have more for me next week, or
> maybe the week after that. But again, I was told pretty definitively in the
> last
> meeting I was in that all I'll be doing is ensuring that the formatting
> is correct, even when the work does start coming in. (we have a hard
> deadline by March, so I anticipate February will be very busy)
>
>
> Is it kosher to start looking for a new contract, this early in a project?
> and if so, should I even mention this current project on my resume?
>
> i should add that the company I'm contracting for has spent a lot of time
> in my first 2 weeks training me - marketing, and a clinical discussion
> (this is a medical devices company) and regulations (that have no effect
> on my work, but do on our general field)... I hate to leave so soon
> after they've invested so much in me, but... lordy, I'm bored.
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
> Becca
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when is it ok to leave a contract job?: From: Becca
Re: when is it ok to leave a contract job?: From: Keith Hood

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