Re: Tech Writer online portfolios

Subject: Re: Tech Writer online portfolios
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2000 18:44:56 -0700

Diana Barnum wrote:

> I have to make my own online portfolio for a tech com class. Does anyone
> have links of their own sites, and/or others that are good to share? I know
> the STC main site has many, but how about other places for inspiration?

I suggest that you don't use generic links. Instead, use links about
areas of tech-writing that interest you, or that you specialize in.
For example, if you know typography, link to design sites. Your goal
should be to provide a context in which employers can understand the
value of your skills.

> The link under my name is my home page. The only activity is an email link.
> I'm trying to show samples of work for each company listed, but am not sure
> what form to use. I have WS FTP LE available, Frontpage Express, Word, and
> of course the HTML & Notepad. Copies of most online work is stored as
> Webpages in a file, but I'm having trouble getting the graphics to show up
> after FTP transfer. It's been suggested that the links are being directed
> back to my hard drive, so I'm trying to check that out.

Wouldn't Acrobat files show your work more accurately than any of
your suggestions?

> Do you add a resume? If so, what type? I'd like a very professional look
> (I know, lose the comic graphics, right?)

Like any resume, that depends on your level of experience. If you're
new, you'll probably look better with a skills based resume. If
you're experienced, a job-history might be more appropriate.

> Final note: I use a free host, so adds are on my site or pop up. Is it
> advisable as a professional in business to pay for service so these will be
> removed?

Definitely, pay to suppress the ads. At least some people looking at
your site may be annoyed by them and dismiss your site as
unprofessional. Besides, they distract from the real point of the
site: your skills.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7189 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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