Re: volunteer work

Subject: Re: volunteer work
From: "Alex Silbajoris" <alsilba -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 13:05:35

Subject: RE: Volunteer Work on a Resume?
From: "Sarah Evans" <sevans -at- sigem -dot- com>

Never discount volunteer experience on a resume -- several years in the
student media gave me not only a decent portfolio but the foundation for a
professional writing career.

I had a similar experience, having edited the graduate student government newsletter at Ohio State. Although unpaid, I ran that show for three years, and I have the portfolio to show for it. That is far enough in the past that I don't show those samples when I interview for new jobs, but it remains as an entry in my resume, under Experience.

Maybe it becomes a question of the personality of the interviewer - some might think it's wonderful to volunteer time like that, and others might see me as a fool for working for free. As for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom I had to produce the publication, as a creative exercise, and the experience of everything from negotiating printer contacts to conducting interviews. It was fun to learn to work with the early versions of PageMaker, and *snif* sometimes I miss ol' Cricket Graph. It is funny to think back on that Mac SE black-and white monitor.

<evilgrin>Besides, I learned that if you want to be published as a writer, become an editor.</evilgrin>

- A

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