Re: Newbie Information -- Compilation

Subject: Re: Newbie Information -- Compilation
From: Garret Romaine <garret -dot- h -dot- romaine -at- EXGATE -dot- TEK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 11:15:22 -0700

> At 07:54 AM 4/29/98 -0400, Tim Altom wrote:
> >I propose to do a kind of FAQ just for newbie questions. Our Techwr-l
> site
> >has a FAQ, but what it does is list a question or topic and then display
> a
> >page with a bunch of responses from the list. If we were to add the
> common
> >newbie questions we'd promptly double the list of topics.

We faced a similar issue in our chapter. One of our officers, Mark Ace,
created a Special Interest Group for entry level writers, which met monthly.
After he pulled a half-dozen of these meetings together, it became very
clear that he was answering the same questions over and over again.

Our response was to set up a quarterly Entry-Level seminar event. We bring
in a series of speakers to talk about tools, local resources, hiring
practices, resumes & that after four hours, the group is
much better prepared for life in our local industry. The overheads are bound
up in a $10 book, and after lunch, which is also included in the price
(usually about $35 - $40) there's a chance for some networking. It's been a
great recruiting tool for the chapter...

Here are a couple links --

1) the chapter's web page:
2) Mark Ace's web page

Garret Romaine
(soon to be past president, Willamette Valley Chapter)
garret -dot- h -dot- romaine -at- tek -dot- com

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