Should I apply?

Subject: Should I apply?
From: Nancy Bean <beannj01 -at- HOLMES -dot- IPFW -dot- INDIANA -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 11:46:29 -0500

I am a junior with 26 credits to go before I complete my
"create-your-own-degree" program in science and tech writing. My
school (a branch campus) doesn't offer a degree program for
tech writing, so I've been doing what I can with what's offered here.

I've been working for the data processing department at the
college for 2 years, creating documentation for the students' computer
labs and working at the Help Desk. My previous work experience includes
bartending & waitressing (I've been going to school part-time for 6 years,
so far!).

Yesterday, I received a letter, hand-delivered by the director of alumni
services (who, by the way, does not know me), which read (paraphrased):

. . . someone suggested that I contact you concerning a job
opening for Communications Manager at our local Chamber of Commerce.
If you'd like more information, stop by and see me. If you'd like
to apply, send your resume to ..."

My first reaction was, "Hallelujah!!!" Then, reason and logic took over
and I realized that I am in *NO WAY* qualified for this position.

My family, friends, and coworkers tell me to send in my resume. They keep
telling me that I've got nothing to lose. But I think it would be more
realistic to meet with the alumni director and explain to her
that, while I'm not qualified for this position, I'd be VERY interested in
working for the chamber in a position more suited to my skills and
experience. She obviously has some connections with the "hiring folks" at
the chamber, and quite possibly with other places around the area in need
of tech writers and communicators.

What do you all think?

Nancy Bean

**** "By making something absolutely clear,
you will confuse someone." -- Murphy's Laws on Life ****


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