Re: Breaking in

Subject: Re: Breaking in
From: John David Hickey <jdavid -at- FARABI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 10:44:02 -0500


> To those frustrated with trying to break in to tech writing, try
> creating your own writing sample. I have hired more than one person
> lacking in credentials but possessed of enough initiative to:

How about creating your own ficticious product and then writing the
documentation for it? That way, I could really create all sorts of documents
for it and put them up on my Web Resume (address is in my sig).

My house was robbed last spring and the robbers stole, amoung other things,
my briefcase with my portfolio in it (I had just returned from an
interview). I find myself now with almost no examples to show on in an
interview (not to mention a briefcase, but maybe Santa can help me out).

My ficticious product is still in the design stage and I'm having a ball
doing it! Of course, I'm only designing the specs for it. Then I'll document
the way it works and fake a bunch of screen captures.

Have you ever seen that? Maybe I'm doing more work than I need to (wouldn't
be the first time).
Be seeing you,

John David Hickey (jdavid -at- farabi -dot- com)
DNRC Title: "Technical Writing Poohbah"

Lone Writer at Farabi Technology Corp. (Montreal, Quebec)

They say the pen is mighter than the sword.
But if you miss a deadline, you'd better bring the sword.
Do not confuse my opinons with my employer's.
Each exists in blissful ignorance of the other.

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