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Q: Legality of Including Specifics in Resume ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Legality of Including Specifics in Resume
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: iriesergio-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 01 Aug 2006 19:19 PDT
Expires: 31 Aug 2006 19:19 PDT
Question ID: 751675
I am a professional that works in the creative space. Due to the
nature of my work, my portfolio of clients matters more than the
actual creative agency for which I worked. Even more specifically, the
actual details of the work that I performed for those clients is most
important. For example, let's say that I worked for Client X on
Project X. Let's say that I designed a holiday brochure for Client X
during this Project X. Because this is my finest work, I would like to
include it in my portfolio; however, the catalogue has not yet been
released. To complicate things, I need to post my resume describing my
work as well as my portfolio on the internet where I have no control
over who sees it. There is a bit of a gray area here because I have
seen numerous resumes and portfolios that have contained
unreleased/confidential work.

The question is: What can I post on the internet and why?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 01 Aug 2006 19:39 PDT

I don't really see any gray area here.

Presumably, you are not the copyright holder of the artwork, which
means you cannot splay it all over the internet...period...end of
story.  Only the copyright holder has the right to broadly distribute
the material (there are a few exceptions, but they are quite limited,
and you're not one of them!).

Furthermore, if the material is confidential, then you would be
violating business contracts as well.

The fact that other people have chosen to post such works is neither
here nor there...they are either ignorant of the legal constraints on
the materials, or aware of them, but decided to take their chances.

Beyond this basic explanation, what sort of information are you
seeking to make for a complete answer to your question?


Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 02 Aug 2006 11:35 PDT
Hello iriesergio-ga,

The most common way to approach this is to say something along these lines:

I designed an award-winning, innovative, brilliant, edgy, etc. holiday
brochure for the  XYZ product introduction of the high profile
metropolitan NYC campaign of a Fortune 50 company.

Would you like some information about how to present your creative
work in your resume and job search without breaking your
confidentiality agreements?

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Legality of Including Specifics in Resume
From: nelson-ga on 02 Aug 2006 11:08 PDT
You should not use a client's name unless they have given you
explicity, written permission to do so.

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