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> Depending on what your primary responsibilities have been, you may also
> be well positioned to jump into the job market. As you've heard on this
> list, the technical side of the equation has become more important, so
> the fact that your primary experience was not writing may actually be a
> plus. And though this article is written for interviewing programmers:
> you might try to be the person that this interviewer is looking for:
> someone who is smart and gets things done.
I've been following the other thread on breaking into the tech writing
market, and I understand that it's certainly grim. I was recently laid
off from an IT position, and am looking to differentiate myself from the
crowd, either as an IT geek with good documentation abilities, or someone
who can write and has a solid technical background (Both in IT and in
I've told the pimps and slave traders that I'm interested in more than
just pure IT, that if tech writing should come their way, I'm definitely
interested in that as an option.
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