Looking for a Technical Writing job? I’ve started to use Twitter to find leads and other opportunities to develop my career as a technical writer. To use Twitter to find jobs, you need to understand how it works, how to connect, and how to lead prospects from your twitter stream back to your technical writing website.
What’s the average age of tech writers in your company? When you’re hiring, is it graduates or silver foxes that get the job? I ask this as several friends in the 40s have hit brick walls trying to find work. Some blame out-sourcing, others the recession. Maybe it’s more than that.
How do I start a career in technical writing? How do I get out of technical writing? I get asked these two questions most every week. If your career in technical writing is stalling – or you just want a fresh start – then here’s some alternative career paths. Many Technical Writers have had their […]
In December, I looked at the daily rates for technical writers and others in the tech comms industry. At the time daily rates for technical writers are down to $30 per hour in some places in the Bay Area. However, maybe things are starting to turn around. In Ireland (Euro HQ for most US IT companies) Google has announced 150 new jobs, many in technical roles. So, is the tide starting to turn?
Yes, I’m that terrible person who interviews technical writers and asks those awkward questions. Here are some of the things I’m looking for when I interview people. First, companies expect that graduates will have the same (more or less) writing skills – that’s a given. So, what they’re looking for are other qualities.
Why did you become a technical writer? Some move into technical writing by accident (me!) while for others it was part of their career path. I spoke to some technical writers about this recently. Here’s what I learned.
Do you have a degree in technical writing or technical communications? Was it worth the money? If you had a second chance, would you have chosen this or opted for another career path? One of my younger cousins has started her degree in university in Limerick, Ireland. Not the place most of us think of […]
I’ve being working from home now for almost seven years. Some contracts are on-site so I go to the office, but in general, I work in my home office. Actually, for the past 7 months, this means working in my bedroom. More on this later. I’m married, with a little nipper, and friends are always […]