RE: About proprietary writing samples

Subject: RE: About proprietary writing samples
From: "Ed Manley" <edmanley -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 16:02:49 -0700

Really bad bit of advice here, Sean. One cannot use a company's documents,
whether marked confidant, proprietary, secret, whatever, or even when not
marked but used without permission for any reason. Not only do you
immediately reveal to the person with whom you share them that you have no
intention of following rules and respecting privacy and confidentiality, but
you enter into any number of tricky legal implications.

Every company I know has a policy requiring departing employees to return
all company materials. I suspect that many of us have docs on our home PC,
maybe CDs of docs burned for backup or sneaker mail while still employed,
that we don't destroy or return, but revealing or distributing them is a no

If a prospective hire showed me a previous employer's document and could not
produce a written release I would not even consider hiring him/her/it.

I suggest that the original poster create purpose-written docs if he has no
other. He could knock out a quick user guide for a printer, or a procedure
guide that leads a non-technical typewriter user step-by-step through
starting a PC, Opening Word, creating a doc, saving it, re-opening it, save
the edit and close.

Something along those lines can be done in a couple hours, is your own and
therefore can be used in whatever fashion the writer desires, and will give
employers a real feel for your capabilities.


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