FWD: Should I be job hunting?

Subject: FWD: Should I be job hunting?
From: Anonymous Poster <anonfwd -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 20:33:48 -0600 (MDT)


I have been working at my first tech writing job for nearly nine months,
writing end-user manuals for client/server systems. For the past month or
two, my supervisor has paid less and less attention to my projects,
devoting his time to learning a brand new system our other tech writer
must document and effectively causing me to wonder most of the time how to
proceed with these problems:
--a vague deadline for a phase of one project...so vague in fact that it
really does not exist, though I'm still expected to have the documentation
in on time
--perhaps because the deadline is so vague, the business analysts and
programmers have been passing the buck when it comes to helping me. "Try
him. He knows more." "I'm on vacation in a week. You'd probably want to
talk to X." And so on...
--uncertainty as to where to begin updating a setup guide
--uncertainty as to the status of my other project

This week, my boss has been in our other building for training until 2:30
or 3 every day. When he returns, he catches up with his other work or
holds marathon talks with his girlfriend on the phone. He has been a tech
writer for little over two years himself, so his managerial and mentoring
skills are not what I would prefer. He has asked me once this week about
what I am doing.

My question is: should I be looking for another job, even after only nine
months on my first job?



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