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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sample from a "Content Writing" Test

A couple of days ago, I found myself at an interview for the position of "Content Writer" sitting around waiting for whoever it was that I spoke to on the phone like a half hour ago, to show up and tell me what was supposed to happen next. Stranger still, it turns out that the person I spoke to on the phone was a "Recruiter" from another company, people to whom the company in question, the one whose office I was in, had outsourced their recruitment to. So, as I finally heard my name called by someone who I could have sworn had been sitting "behind the glass" this whole time, I got up from my seat and decided to see what was next on the agenda. "Test of patience over people. Moving on..."


I found myself shepherded into a room full of computers and people, but as silent as a morgue, shown to a computer and given instructions about producing a piece of writing as a sample, that would either get us into "an interview" or see us out the door with only a sore wrist to show for it. My topic was "District Attorney." What? Yes, that was the topic, but thankfully, the instructions were to write, in 500 words or less, an article that would give someone wanting to be a District Attorney enough information to make them want to come to the site and read the article. That made sense somehow, I guessed, so I got down to browsing the Internet for the necessary info to be able to tell an interested person what it takes to be a District Attorney. The article I typed in well under the allotted time limit follows. Let me know if you think its the most ridiculous thing you've read in a while, or in your whole life. :)


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Becoming a District Attorney

For those of you with legal ambitions in life, looking to get a job along these lines in the US government, the job of District Attorney, or “DA”, may be for you. While only able to oversee the legal jurisdiction of a particular district in a US State, becoming the DA is a firm step in the direction of more ambitious things, such as becoming the Attorney General, or perhaps a United States Attorney who is able to prosecute Federal cases. Here are the steps that you need to take to become a DA.

The first step in becoming a DA is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. It doesn’t matter what kind of Bachelor’s Degree you get because you have to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to get into a law school of your choice, and the Admissions Committees usually take this score as well as a strong academic record into account to make their decision. 

 The next step is to get your Master of Laws (LLM) degree. In some cases, a Juris Doctor (JD) is preferred, so make sure you are aware of the requirements of your local bar association. As with any job, when in the hunt, you must do your best to show the relevant extra-curricular activities that you participated in, things like being part of a debating society, or having joined and received a Toastmasters Certification in public speaking, in addition to maintaining both a stellar academic record and a “clean sheet” as far as any criminal record is concerned. The position you are looking to apply for is that of Additional District Attorney, or “ADA”. Once you have secured this job, it’s a smooth transition to the next step in the process.

Like all things “government”, your time as ADA is well-spent establishing contacts and building up some “mileage” in terms of what will help you win support to get the job as DA. Being an elected position, the office of the DA is only accessible to those who show some involvement with local politics, supporting generally well-received movements and drives, like Blood Donation drives campaigns aimed at revamping the Education system. Once you think you’re ready, and sure enough, the position of DA becomes vacant, you simply have to follow through with the “official” aspects of announcing yourself as a possible candidate for that position. This would mean having to establish with your local bar association the necessary requirements for the position, and filing your candidacy with your local election board. If you have come this far in the process, then I wish you the best of luck in your quest to become the next DA of your district. Keep up the good work?

Remember, to become a DA, as with most things in life, it’s all about the preparation. You have to prepare yourself for a lot of hard work, good grades, and building both your repertoire of legal skill as well as your professional network of would-be supporters in the future. But first things first, get that Bachelor’s Degree.

Sources:
  1. How to become a District Attorney: http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-District-Attorney
  2. District Attorney – Definition: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/district+attorney
  3. District Attorney – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_attorney
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So, this is apparently the kind of thing that passes for "good writing" here in India. I think it's a bit of a farce, but there seems to be a whole industry that sits behind the innate human ability to BS! Worse? There are articles like this one which take BS and re-hash it into BS v. 2.0...but it's still the same thing in the first place. BS! 

Still, don't let all this BS stop you from leaving a comment about what you think of the article though. Thanks. :)
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