Re: Negotiations

Subject: Re: Negotiations
From: David Castro <techwrtr -at- CRL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 16:50:47 -0800

Well, this probably won't help you right now, but it may prove to be worth
doing for the future: I've started keeping a notebook outlining what I've
done each day. It helps me to remember all of my accomplishments, and gives
me a way to track how many days I've worked on particular parts of the
documentation (I don't log amounts of time spent on each task, but I can
look at the total number of things I worked on for that particular day and
guesstimate how much time I spent). I just gave my manager a run-down of
the situation with the current documentation to keep him up-to-date, and I
could tell he was really impressed with my notes. I am also certain that I
would have forgotten at least a couple of the fairly significant tasks that
I've worked on, had I not had the notebook.

As far as advice for now, I'd take in physical copies of the brand new
works you've created (print out the online doc, if necessary), even if
they've seen it before. Show them the amount of information you've written
so that they can see you've been busy (see the recent thread about quality
vs. quantity to see why this should annoy you). If you've modified (from
pure copyedits to full rewrites) already existing documents, print out the
new stuff, and take in the previous stuff. Highlight a few areas that
you're particularly proud of (obscure concepts that you better explained,
or new procedures that really should have been in the original ones, but
that you had to add) and make it easy for them to quickly review the Best
of the Best.

Hope this helps!

-David Castro
techwrtr -at- crl -dot- com

At 03:22 PM 12/16/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi All-
>
>This week I will meet with my manager to go over my accomplishments. This is
>also tied into a raise and a bonus. So, does anyone have any advice on how to
>negotiate (these guys are tough) and how to highlight the best of what I have
>done. And are there things that I should avoid? Pitfalls?
>
>Thanks for your help.
>
>VJ
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