Re: re-working your writing for portfolio

Subject: Re: re-working your writing for portfolio
From: Philip Sharman <psharman -at- verity -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 11:22:42 -0700

I'm a little uneasy about such reworking. It implies that quality of work was what you could do then (and presumably can do even better now). It also implies that was what you could do under the pressure of deadlines.

On the other hand, yes, you want to show your current skills. So, I would either leave them the way they are, or rework them but change them so you don't imply that they were produced at "company x". Just present them as sample documents that you recently created (which is what they are).

My two cents.
Philip.

> Last time I was job-hunting, I took a bunch of writing samples from previous

> jobs... isolated the parts I wanted to show to prospective employers, and then
> cleaned them up before printing them out to put in the portfolio.
>
> ...In other words, I did a lot of re-working on these samples.






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