I'm new to this forum. Right now I'm preparing to apply for tech writing jobs, and I've prepared a set of samples to show potential employers. However, I'm concerned about potential conflicts with my previous employer about my using them. I searched this forum site, but didn't find much information about this, except for an article written several years ago, which unfortunately didn't really address my situation. I'm hoping some of you here have some suggestions.
I didn't work in a highly sensitive, high-security environment. It's your average commercial software company in the medical sector. I'm pretty sure I signed an NDA when I was hired, but that was back in 2006, so I only have a vague memory of it. I know they had a lot of concerns about competitors getting hold of manuals I was working on, for products that hadn't been introduced yet. That is understandable, but I left the company almost a year ago, and the manuals I have in my possession now are for products that were already released when I left. So theoretically, it seems like there shouldn't be any problem. But I don't want to ignore any etiquette rules about this.
What is the etiquette? Should I contact HR at the company and just ask them? Should I get approval from them in writing? Is there anything else about this I should know?