TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: ethical consulting practices? From:Julia Land <jltw -at- earthlink -dot- net> To:Theresa Jones <tjones95 -at- hotmail -dot- com> Date:Fri, 03 Dec 1999 16:55:21 -0600
> My question is, do consulting firms regularly use prospective writer's
> resume to pick up new clients? Am I being naive, or is this unethical?
Some firms do it all the time; it's just that they are usually more
subtle about it. "I'll need three peer recommendations and one
supervisor recommendations from each of your last three jobs. Please
provide the name, title, phone number, and address for each. Oh, the
supervisor has left that company? Do you know where he is now? What
other manager would be familiar with your work?"
This method can get leads for new clients and for new consultants.
Is it ethical? I don't think so, but apparently they have no problem
Julia Land JLTW
jalnd -at- earthlink -dot- net 713 963 0662
Houston, TX USA