Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Bill Swallow <bill_swallow -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 16:54:19 -0800 (PST)

> I have a broad background in science and
> engineering.
> Is there much work for my kind of technical writer,
> with a non-computer
> based set of experiences?
> What kind of work can a "beginner" get who has a lot
> of experience in
> "technical" writing but not computer technical
> writing?

Well, that depends. How'd you score on the tests?

Technical writing isn't all computer-based, unless
that's what you're looking for. Sounds like you have
some strong writing background - that's what is
important. I assume you know how to write logically
for an audience, how to follow a style guide, and how
to interview SMEs for information. That's all you
really need. With those skills, you can jump into a
new market with little difficulty. You may not be able
to jump in as a senior employee, but you won't be
brought in as a beginner either (at least you shouldn't).

Bill Swallow
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