Re: Why? Here's Why!
Why am I interested? It's the thrill of the chase, really. I'd like to hunt down programmers and make them give me all their secrets. :)
Excellent! This is something many techwriters hate, but--in my experience--it can be loads of fun.
I've had experience in writing at school doing my minor in English. I've done some technical documentation and I'd like to get my hands dirty with more because I enjoyed doing it when I did do it.
From what I've heard from technical writers I've spoken to, it takes knowledge of the big picture, which I like having. I like knowing how things fit together. I like to explain things to people, and I like putting things into words that someone
non-technically minded can understand. I'm a good communicator and organizer and I like dealing with people (insert Office Space quote here). I'm interested in new technology and learning about that. I'm interested in
teaching people new things, but only when people actually want to learn them. And once people are getting to the RTFM stage, I'm pretty sure they'd want to learn.
Hm...I like that, too.
In fact, it looks familiar <g>.
I think you're channelling my last cover letter.
Do you really have to have a thick skin?
Yes, but you also have to be sensitive to nuances and be able to read between the lines---a difficult combination to master.
What are the entry-level prospects?
In some areas, where the economy hasn't yet seen signs of recovery, entry-level prospects can be easier to come by than senior-level positions. Of course, they want senior-level skills but, since many senior-level TWs won't apply for jobs with what they see as entry-level pay, you should have a reasonable chance at them.
So that's why I've joined the TechWR-L list, and that's why I sent out the introduction.
A hearty welcome to the best profession on earth. IMHO. Some folks' mileage obviously varies.
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