Subject: Re: SOS
From: Penny Staples <pstaples -at- airwire -dot- com>
To: edwardroxannewood <doowr -at- bellatlantic -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 13:57:55 -0500

Hi Roxanne,

From what you've said, you have some background in technology and a great deal
of enthusiasm for this type of writing. If you're already doing some writing,
and you're willing to work to get your writing skills up to speed, you probably
have a decent shot at this job, or another one like it (don't give up if you
don't get this one).

It'll depend on who else has applied, and on what this editor is looking for.
You can't control that. So you have nothing to lose by going in positive,
rather than defensive. Be honest about what your limitations are as a writer,
but don't sell yourself short. You can teach someone writing skills; you can't
teach attitude.

Best of luck,

Penny Staples
staplesp -at- airwire -dot- com

edwardroxannewood wrote:

> Today I interviewed for one of the networking industry's leading
> independent test labs. The position was not defined, however it would
> consist of technical writing and research. I am hoping to placed with a
> new syndicated research program that they have just initiated. They
> simplify complex findings and explain results to customers and industry
> analysts. I have a technical education with a passion for communicating
> technology. The only writing experience I have is that I research
> different aspects of technology and furnish an on-line newspaper with a
> weekly column. They understand that I am not a skilled writer but I am
> aspiring to become on. I was told that they were going to focus on my
> potential and not my skill level. I feel the interview went very well,
> however they have asked me to return for a second interview with the
> head of their editorial dept. I don't know if they were kidding or not
> but I was told that he would grill me. "Now I am very concerned." I do
> not have an English degree. Can anyone tell me what I might expect. Any
> pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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