RE: Getting Hired...Opinion #2500

Subject: RE: Getting Hired...Opinion #2500
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:36:54 -0700

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:

> Some document names can be worth mentioning. The question
> is, have you written any?
> If I got a resume from an ex-aerospace-engineer-turned-
> techwriter that said, "wrote the instructions used to install
> square air filters into round holes on Apollo 13," I would
> get that person in for an interview.

Absolutely. In fact, if this fact came to light in the interview, I'd be
puzzled -- and disappointed -- that the candidate _failed_ to mention it
in the resume.

Which brings us back to "It depends." And exercising good judgement
about what to highlight and what to discard. I suspect that for every
tech writing work product worth mentioning by name or describing in
detail, there are at least 10,000,000 that aren't.

But I could be wrong. It depends. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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