RE: new technical writer

Subject: RE: new technical writer
From: tvirostko -at- familydollar -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 14:56:49 -0500


Welcome to the Wonderful World of Technical Writing (little fairy spreading
pixie dust across your monitor right now...) AND in techni-color! <SMILE>

Valuable Employment Lessons I've learned and grace you with now... <G>

Save your gas and postage: USE THE INTERNET. Last job search I did 2 years
ago was TOTALLY on line or phone interviews. (Yes, put a mirror in front of
the phone and smile while you talk.)

You are your only salesperson. (Even if you go through a contract agency,
you are STILL the best salesperson.) No one else knows you like *you* so
you've got to sell you. And this includes all the tools to sell yourself:
mannerisms, grace, poise, portfolio...

Have something to show. Even though you are selling YOU, they will want to
see what YOU produce. DEFINITELY use your portfolio. Fill it with writing:
if you don't have much, take any instructions you can find, and re-write
them how you would do it -- better. Assignments available from the courses
you took? Include them. Show what YOU do.

If you're nervous, pick a mantra that calms you and think it. My favorite is
PEACE. <G> Helps me at least.

Luck is merely preparedness meeting opportunity. Be prepared. Find the

All the best to you!
Tony Virostko
IT Technical Writer
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

> -----Original Message-----
> From: train2 -at- sprynet -dot- com [SMTP:train2 -at- sprynet -dot- com]
> Subject: new technical writer
> I was looking for advice on starting my job search as a new
> technical writer. I have taken some distance learning classes working
> toward a certificate in technical writing. I was hoping to get some more
> tips on what to bring to an interview and how important the portfolio is
> for a newbie. Its hard to get in the door without one, I have found.

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