Re: entering the tech writer field

Subject: Re: entering the tech writer field
From: Chris Fitzgerald <Chris -dot- Fitzgerald -at- veeco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 08:17:52 -0800

Tom wrote:

> I was wondering if some of you might give me information about entering the
> technical writing field.
Tom, no doubt you are going to receive a variety of views on entering the field
of Technical Writing. The Techwr-L site also has a wealth of information on
"Getting Started".

My story:

Three years ago, I joined this list as a lurker and learned (even cataloged)
information as a stepping stone to understand the "lingo". With that
information, I realized by publishing anything (i.e., in my case, I wrote a
newsletter), volunteer or otherwise, I could build my resume and writing
samples. I also (big controversial topic) took an online Technical Writing
Certificate course where I learned specifically how creative writing and
technical writing differ (i.e., presentation, content, style and tone, etc.,
etc., etc).

If you're really interested in becoming a Technical Writer, you should read,
listen, research as much as possible about the field. Demonstrate your tenacity
to prospective employers. There are also tons of creative ways to learn about
technology in any form: night classes, Dummie ( books that include trial
program CD ROMS, books, books, books. Pick up a manual and study it.

I hope that this helps and good luck, Tom!


> Technical Writer/Software Documentation
> Digital Instruments, Veeco Metrology Group
> Voice: 805-967-2700 ext. 2323
> Email: fitzgerald -at- di -dot- com


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