Re: Thoughts on an Editing Portfolio

Subject: Re: Thoughts on an Editing Portfolio
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: Techwr-l Mailing List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 00:25:18 +1100

schu1663 wrote:
> I'm currently a student in a technical communication program and was
> recently thinking about portfolios. Specifically, I was wondering what kind
> of things one might include when trying to create a portfolio to show off
> editing skills. At first, I was thinking that I would need to include some
> "before-and-after" documents, but then I came to the conclusion that
> anything I have in the portfolio will show off editing skills. I'm just
> curious if anyone who works in the field agrees with this or not. If
> applying for a technical editing job, would I need "before-and-after" type
> documents, or would I simply be able to include documents that I have
> designed and edited?

One of the problems with including only finished
documents is that it is difficult for potential
employers to be sure what your contribution to
the project was. For all they know, you had
perfect writers who hardly needed any editing
assistance :-> I recommend including finished
work to show them the types of projects that
you have dealt with but also including before-
and-after documents.

-- Janice

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