RE: About proprietary writing samples

Subject: RE: About proprietary writing samples
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 23:35:53 -0400

::: I am putting together a writing portfolio for some upcoming
::: interviews;
::: however, I have been informed that many of the samples are
::: proprietary, and
::: cannot be shared with other companies.

Join the club. :)

::: The problem is this...I'm looking at having an empty
::: portfolio, because
::: virtually all of my samples would be considered proprietary.

I lucked out by having one of my former employers completely tank, and
the product line aborted. :)

::: How do I go about giving an example of what I have done, without
::: compromising the policies of my previous companies? Also,
::: keep in mind that
::: I'm trying to show the best character in a job interview;
::: because, if I show
::: proprietary samples to an interviewer, they'd likely worry
::: about whether I
::: would show samples of their company to other people if I
::: went to work for
::: them.

Ask your employer (and former employers) for permission. As long as you
don't distribute the samples or allow photocopying, and they remain with
you the entire time, you should be good to go. But you need to get
permission. Otherwise, invent something to showcase your talents...
Else, openly talk about your achievements and provide contact info for
others who can vouch for you.

::: I know that character doesn't matter much in these times,
::: but it matters to me.

Character should always matter, especially when hiring. Any company who
hires an obviously shifty candidate is up to something itself.

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