RE: The resume grinder

Subject: RE: The resume grinder
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>, "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 08:50:28 -0500

Kenneth Nuckols whispered:

...if you are writing proprietary / confidential material
you can always _SHOW_ samples to prospective employers in an interview
but you can never _GIVE_ them copies to keep...

Be careful following that advice! Showing proprietary samples can backfire. If you can't be trusted to protect proprietary information for one company, why would a prospective employer feel they could trust you with the new company's trade secrets? You can always ask an employer if you can include a piece in your portfolio and let them make the decision about "showing" or "giving" a particular piece. Admittedly, that presents a problem if you're covertly seeking employment. If that's the case, maybe you should find other samples to use. Some of us don't have to worry because our work is already out there for anyone to see.

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com


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