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Could you be a Technical Writer?

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Are you considering a career in technical writing? There are many galmourous Hollywood portrayals of journalists and novelists, but technical writers are overlooked. This oversight can make it difficult to picture what qualifications and skills are needed for this rewarding and challenging career.   What skills do technical writers need to “research and create information…

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, such as science, engineering or software development. These professionals have likely gained a solid skill set that is transferable to technical communication work. For example,…

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

Job hunting is challenging. Networking and informational interviews were foreign concepts to me when I started in the field and I broke into a sweat just thinking about them. However, I’ve found it to be the best way to find jobs that I love to do, especially since moving to Vancouver. I want to share…

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

So you want to be a technical writer – you’ve earned a degree or certification, but now you need a job. Where to start? In a recent discussion on the STC LinkedIn group page, members shared their knowledge and gave advice to a new graduate. I’ve summarized the discussion here for you along with more information…

What Does an Editor Do?

What Does an Editor Do?

I’m an editor. — Really? For which newspaper? I’m an editor. — You mean, like, you work in the movie business? I’m an editor. — Gee, I’d better watch what I say or you’ll correct my grammar. I evaluate written material, help people organize their thoughts, and reduce masses of confusing blather to short, clear,…

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