Request for Resume samples and Writing samples

Subject: Request for Resume samples and Writing samples
From: William Swallow <William -dot- Swallow -at- aptissoftware -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 10:43:59 -0400

I am a new Tech Writer and in need of some advice.
I am in the process of looking for experienced TW's for advice and

For instance: What "type" of writing samples are potential employers
looking for?

Well, most employers are looking for writing samples that show you can do
the type of work they are advertising the position for. If they are looking
for a training writer, then show them training materials. If they are
looking for a technical specification writer, show them some process flow
diagrams and product analysis records. If they want someone to write end
user documentation, show them a documented process.

I need someone that can advise me on what to put in a sample book. Since I
am still a rookie, I don't have any elaborate TW samples that other TW's
have. I am loosing a lot of job opportunities because I don't have a Killer
writing sample book.

FWIW, I didn't have a portfolio to speak of when I started my first hunt
about 5 or so years ago. Even now I don't have a "Killer writing sample
book", and I probably never will, as everything I touch is proprietary.

Could it be that you are approaching your job hunt incorrectly? You should
be targeting entry level positions that will help you fine-tune your skills.
These positions usually require a degree in pretty much anything and proven
writing skills (either by a FEW *choice* writing samples or the "dreaded"
on-site writing sample). Also, try to hunt locally or move to a "hotbed"
area for jobs. Most employers will not pay relocation fees for an entry
level position (at least not a decent amount, anyway).

If you need some coaching as to your approach, please feel free to e-mail
me. My inbox is always open. ;-)

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer II
a subsidiary of Billing Concepts
8 Southwoods Boulevard
Albany NY 12211
voice: 518.433.7698
fax: 518.433.7680
mailto:william -dot- swallow -at- aptissoftware -dot- com

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