RE: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skills.

Subject: RE: Why they don't ask for candidates by technology skills.
From: jenny_berger -at- fairfieldresidential -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 12:48:17 -0600


Diane Evans <diane_evans -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:

> One thing about asking for samples that I have always had a problem
>with
>providing is the sort of work that I've done, for most of relatively
short
>career. I'm talking about work for the Federal government that is all
>classified.

> When I have been in this position, I have created my own samples. There
are
> a zillion poorly-written user manuals out there, for example. (None
written
> by anyone on this list, of course.) Choose the manual for your VCR,
> camcorder, or whatever, and rewrite it. You have a before and after
sample
> of your work.


Don't forget Open Source software. There's tons of stuff out there that
desperately needs new or better documentation. So, it's fairly easy to
find an interesting app and document it for varying audiences. Also,
TECHWR-L has a section for Open Source articles:
http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/magazine/technical/opensourcehomepage.html


So, yeah, there is always a way to build a portfolio.

Jenny Berger
Technical Writer
Information Systems
Fairfield Residential



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