Comprehensive portfolio or a few writing samples?

Subject: Comprehensive portfolio or a few writing samples?
From: Ellen Kelly <EllenK -at- mentergy -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 16:03:38 -0400


I was wondering how many of you out there have a comprehensive portfolio
that you bring to interviews? I usually select a few samples depending on
the job, and then put that together nicely to bring to the interview.

I was thinking of pulling something more comprehensive together - a
collection that shows all the different types of things that I have done and
puts them in context with a brief sentence describing the particular
project. Then, this would be something I would use for all my interviews.

I do wonder if this is overkill, though. I know when I interview writers I
just want to see a couple of hard-copy writing samples that show the person
can write. Beyond that it is the personality and skill-level that I assess
through talking to the person.

What have others done in this area, and for you interviewing managers out
there what do you like to see in samples?


Ellen S. Kelly
Documentation Manager, Mentergy
LearnLinc Live E-Learning Division
(518) 286-7000, x467
ellenk -at- mentergy -dot- com


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