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: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 07:26:56 -0700

Nope, I don't think anyone would more than glance at it, most likely would
not remember it and almost certainly wouldn't steal it (although some
might - that's the point of this post - that some folks have no problem
breaking the rules).

But what I am trying to say, one time and I will shut up about it, is that
by carrying that proprietary document to an unauthorized location and
revealing it without the owner's explicit permission you have violated law,
ethic, moral and policy and trust.

It does not matter that you flashed it under their nose for five seconds and
put it back in your locked attaché...the violation (trivial though this may
be in America I have worked in environments where you could conceivably be
shot for this).

And, how can you then expect that employer to trust you when you have shown
him right up front that you won't return materials and will violate

>>I gotta ask:

>>If during an interview you pull a manual you wrote out of a briefcase and
let the interviewer(s) look at it for a couple minutes, do you REALLY
think there's a big threat of them A) understanding, B) remembering, and
C) stealing this information?

>>In every interview I've done, the interviewers have only briefly skimmed
the manuals, basically looking to see if they looked nice and contained
anything remotely recognizable as tech writing on their pages. Is my
experience far different from the rest of you?

Just curious...

-Keith Cronin

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