Re: Hiring a Writer with little experience

Subject: Re: Hiring a Writer with little experience
From: Margie Greskewicz <margie -at- csleboda -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 23:19:53 -0500

Rasil asked:

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The question is: how much of an interest should I take in the hiring of my
replacement?

"Newbie" answers:

Rasil,

I know others have responded with concerns about the condition of your resignation and organizational policies on training. While I agree you must consider the nature of your departure and the environment and policies of the organization, I thought I would offer my perspective as a "newbie" to the field.

I would appreciate any friendly advice or suggestions a former employee could make that would ease my transition into a new environment. Of course I wouldn't want to hear any strong, personal opinions or office politics that would predispose me to a certain view, especially if I am unaware of the nature of an employee's departure.

However, if there are important concerns, such as no engineer taking interest in the documentation, I would like to be forewarned in a non-threatening manner. It would even be better if the employee took an interest in my position and offered some help in learning the basics of the technology, especially if there isn't any training or a considerable amount of time for adjustment. I'm not saying a former employee needs to go to great lengths for his or her replacement, but it would be great if the former employee offered support and guidance.

Also, consider that whether you are a "newbie" or "seasoned veteran" the transitional phase to a new position goes much more smoothly when someone takes an interest in your success.

"Newbie" Margie Greskewicz
Graduate Student
Technical and Science Communication
Drexel University




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