Re: job interview question: ethical issues about portfolio

Subject: Re: job interview question: ethical issues about portfolio
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 11:59:39 -0800

White, Bonita wrote:

My solution is to simply edit everything. I removed all the screen
captures, included pages out of sequence, only included a sample of a page
or chapter or paragraph, etc. I almost always showed my employer how I was
going to use the document before hand (although I did have some pieces from
a job where I quit and never had a chance to show anyone; but I used to same
process to include them) and I never had anyone say that I couldn't include
it.

Your comment (and people's responses to it) remind me to suggest that writers get permission to use material as early as possible in their relations with a company. If possibly, have the permission written into your contract. In general, companies will be far more accomodating when you start a job than when you leave. When you leave the company isn't always the best time to ask; for example, you could be quitting because you dislike the position or have found a better one, or you've been laid off and the company has more important considerations.

Since I started mentioning portfolio use in my contract, I have yet to be refused permission to use pieces. Sometimes, I've had to negotiate fairly determinedly, and of course I haven't worked for any company for which security was absolutely essential, but I've received some sort of permission.

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