Re: Certification

Subject: Re: Certification
From: TRACY BOYINGTON <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 1995 10:06:19 +0000

John Bell wrote:
> If more companies take on policies like my last employer, then hiring
> managers have very few ways of evaluating the suitability of candidates.
> How would you judge a writer's competency when you can't get good information
> from the references, the writing sample may have been written and/or edited
> by someone else, and the resume was prepared by an agency? (Ducking the
> flames from the resume writing thread :-) )

My present employer gave me a writing test before I was hired. We
also test our contract writers. It's a very simple, basic test, but
it does weed out the hopeless cases. Of course, you have to have a
good writer to evaluate them!

(That reminds me...when I was in college, I did a little research
assignment/paper for a geography lab. My opening section duly
listed my findings, which I explained in greater detail in the rest
of the paper. The lab instructor {a grad assistant} marked this as
redundant! I guess I could have just written that opening section...)


Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out
with nothing but a bunch of blank paper."
-- Steve Martin

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