submitting writing samples with resumes

By soulcatcher ·
I recently came across a position that requested a writing sample to demonstrate one's ability to convey technical information to non-technical folk. In a situation where there is no further information to go on, what do you submit? A copy of instructions you wrote up for your end users to connect to the OWA client? Installing a program? How to change the toner in a printer? Some write up explaining a majorly technical snafu with its equally technical resolution that kept the users from being able to work for three days? Also, would you include graphics (as you likely would when writing instructions for your end users)?

What would you submit?

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Do you regularly worry about obscure things ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to submitting writing sample ...

I only ask because if you were charged with submitting something that you already had, it wouldn't cause any problem.

Clearly if you had nothing to submit, you wouldn't bother.

Job done, or NOT done as the case may be.

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Not obscure - it's relevant!

by soulcatcher In reply to Do you regularly worry ab ...

This is related to a position I am considering applying for. I've been trying to figure out what to do about that writing sample! However, I have seen that before and I always wondered what they are really looking for.

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re: What they're looking for....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Not obscure - it's releva ...

Do you have the skills to be able to write instructions on how to do ANY task and explain it in terms a novice would understand.

For example, if you type "go to add/remove programs and....", you've lost anybody who doesn't know how to get to "add/remove programs" in the control panel.

But, if you type something like the following, you've given them precise instructions that a novice can follow.

(1) Click Start
(2) Click Control Panel
(3) Click Add/Remove Programs
etc... etc.. etc...

(Yes, we know there are multiple ways to get to it, but that's not the point.)

So, do you have those skills? THAT is what they are looking for.

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by ThumbsUp2 In reply to submitting writing sample ...

Keep it simple.

Your resume will probably be read by a non-technical type of person first. If you choose a complicated topic, the writing example will be too long to keep their attention. Choose a simple topic to keep the length of the writing example down to a minimum, yet still be able to convey all of the relative steps to complete the task worded in terms a non-technical person who has never even seen the object you're writing about can understand AND follow. The topic you choose could even by something like how to scramble and egg.

Remember, this is an example of your writing skills. Can you convey sometimes complicated instructions in simple terms? It's not an example of your technical knowledge.

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Always depends on yoir audience and you don't know that

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to submitting writing sample ...

Something familiar, basics of securing wifi,
what happens when you in your browser. What is a relational database. How to setup a VAX6000 for autotune, or the mathemetics of 128bit encryption for instance wouldn't be good ideas.

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You should also consider for your resume samples

by phillipturner1 In reply to submitting writing sample ...

It is not necessary that each time your resume will be seen by a technical person even though you are applying for a technical position. The shortlisting is done based on different parameters. You must understand the fact that by your resume sample you reach the stage of interview.

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