RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 11:41:21 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Lauriston
> Any good docs manager should be able recognize the work of a good
> technical writer even when the quality of the samples has been
> compromised by real-world constraints such as a lack of time or money
> for copy-editing and proofreading, bad corporate style guides, and so
> on. What professional hasn't struggled to produce good work under such
> conditions?
> On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 3:53 PM, Michael
> West<WestM -at- ap -dot- aurecongroup -dot- com> wrote:
> > Instead of scratching one's head, one might consider
> whether deficiencies
> > in grammar, syntax, focus and clarity might (just possibly)
> exist in the
> > writing samples one supplies to prospective employers.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I'm going to go out on a limb, here, and suggest that a large percentage of us are lone writers (even if - as I do - we work in companies that have several writers, but scattered around the country/world).

In that case, the person doing the hiring is not any kind of docs manager.
He or she is a product or project mangler, or an engineering manager.
And the concept of paying somebody to proof and copy-edit is not even part of their universe.

So, what you present is what you are, and that's the reasonable basis on which they'll decide if they want you.

- Kevin


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