Back in late June, when Chris and I began to discuss finding me a job, he sent home an email from his HR department. They were in critical need of Technical Writers, and no one had responded to the job postings they had made. HR wanted to know if the people in the company knew of anybody who might be interested in the 3-6 month position they had open. Well it sounded about perfect for me as I really didn’t want to go back to work permanently, and I did have some technical writing experience from my previous jobs. So I thru together a resume and sent it off to them. Chris got a call a few days later from one of the ladies in the department I had applied to, wanting to get some more info on me. He said they sounded real interested. Well somehow between late June and mid August, my info got lost in the shuffle, ’cause I never heard anything back. Chris asked the woman who’d requested the info, and she said she’d look into it ’cause she was desperate for help…still nothing. I called the HR guy several times (always getting his voice mail)…and still nothing. I was about to give up, but decided to give it one more try. So I email the woman Chris had been talking to, asking if they had hired someone yet becuase I hadn’t heard anything. About 3 hrs later I got a call for an interview. That was last friday, and they want me to come in tomorrow.
Now for the fun part. They would like me to bring in samples of my tech writing “especially if they demonstrate your attention to detail and formatting abilities with Word, Excel and Visio. Tables and figure placement are important.” I don’t have anything, since everything I had done in the past was for my previous company, and was proprietary material. So even if I had a copy of it, I couldn’t show it to them, but that’s moot, because I had to leave it all behind when I left the company. Now what I do I do? I have very little time, certainly not enough time to write and format a tech document on my own. Luckily I have a friend who teaches tech writing.
Jenn and I decided that I should take some one elses unformatted document and format it, so that they can see I know how to use Word. And that since I had written a couple of scrapbooking tutorials, I should take those with me, since they are considered tech writing. I finally I should put together a list of what types of tech documents I wrote at my last job to give them the idea of the type of work I’ve done in the past. Have I mentioned Jenn is my Hero?
So tomorrow morning I go in for my interview. We’ll see how it goes…