RE: Portfolios (and another question)

Subject: RE: Portfolios (and another question)
From: "Ashaki K. Hamlett" <ashaki -at- altair -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 10:33:53 -0400


Joyce wrote:
<<Portfolios can be faked. You can't know that the person showing you the
portfolio actually did the work. And a good portfolio doesn't insure that
the person will be a good fit in the position.>>

Joyce,
I definitely agree with you. However, I am always appalled when companies
don't ask to see my writing samples or administer a writing test. Just
because my resume states I have a degree in technical communications and
I've held positions with the title, technical writer, does not mean I'm a
competent writer.

In my experiences, when I have taken positions where a portfolio wasn't
requested, the emphasis for accurate, quality documentation was
non-existent. On the flip side, places that requested portfolios were
adamant and passionate about creating quality documents. I also discovered
most of the companies that didn't request portfolios had writers with poor
writing skills.

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Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 10:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Portfolios (and another question)



Victoria Nuttle wrote:
<< While interviewing a few months back, I had several places tell me "oh
good, you brought your portfolio, a lot of candidates didn't" and yeah, I
was pretty flabbergasted at that.

<< And I've also learned, when no one at a place seems interested in your
portfolio... run away, run away. Isn't a good sign, at least for me.>>


Portfolios can be faked. You can't know that the person showing you the
portfolio actually did the work. And a good portfolio doesn't insure that
the person will be a good fit in the position.

Joyce




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