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Therein lies the rub with many HR folks, hiring managers, and recruiters....
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>wrote:
> 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
> professional writer.
> 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
> > 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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