Re: Cover letter mistakes

Subject: Re: Cover letter mistakes
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:36:58 -0800

Mike wrote:
> Ah, this is always a source of worry for the tech
> writer. Errors are embarrassing on a cover letter for
> the non-tech writer, but it can be a reflection on the
> entire work ethic of the person who is a tech writer.

In addition, many people - writers and non-writers alike - are so
fixated on grammar that they get a kind of glee in pointing out
proofreading errors. They couldn't organize complex information or
express it clearly, but they sure notice a slip of the fingers on
the keyboards.

The same thing's true of reviews, of course. Send something out for
a technical reivew, and chances are that you'll get no feedback on
anything except typos.

Not that I'm advocating carelessness. Like it or not, a cover letter
creates a first impression of anybody - not just writers.

One useful way to minimize errors is to have a few carefully
proofread letters in stock, and copy and paste as needed. Even then,
though, you could slip when customzing.

Bruce Byfield 317.833.0313 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
Director of Marketing and Communications,
Progeny Linux Systems

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