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True, and those people often aren't very sensitive to the finer points
of grammar and so on, so the technical content of writing samples is
likely to be even more crucial than when the hiring manager is a
Though I still have a grammar teacher poof my cover letters and resume
updates, and when possible supply writing samples that were proofed by
experienced editors rather than just checked for accuracy by
I've had the advantage of looking at hundreds of other writers' sample
docs, so I have an informed professional opinion of how mine stack up.
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 8:41 AM, McLauchlan,
Kevin<Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> 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.
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