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Karen...I've never done anything in 20 years that I didn't consider
proprietary. There is a difference between proprietary and confidential. It
also doesn't mean I cannot show it during an interview. The point is how you
control the material you show.
- Do not let it out of your sight. Having it in binders in clear pockets
helps you control the pieces
- Do not let the viewer take notes of the contents..about your effort to
create the content fine.
- Do not let them make photocopies of any pieces. If they say they are doing
it to show someone who isn't at the meeting, tell them you'd be happy to
come back. You want the oportunity to explain what you did with each piece
- Do not send your portfolio or samples by mail.
On 4/23/08, Karen <ekarenski-techwrl -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> I'm back on the techwr-l archives reading about portfolios and a lot of
> the associated issues (i.e. copyright, leaving them for review, etc.).
> I've basically had 2 positions over 12 years where almost all of the
> information is proprietary. I'm trying to get over that hurdle by writing my
> own documentation about a software application I wrote for organizing a
> silent auction.
> My head's spinning a bit (I think I've been reading the archives and job
> postings too long today.)
> I've seen a few job posts where they request samples with your resume. I
> would prefer to show them at an interview; however, we all have to play the
> game sometimes.
> Sometimes people ask for samples or a portfolio for interviews.
> I know that presentation is important, especially when creating a
> portfolio. However, is there anything you would do differently when asked to
> provide samples vs. a portfolio?
> John Posada
> Senior Technical Writer
> NYMetro STC President
> - Said the Zen master to the hot dog vendor "Make me one with everything."
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