Re: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for a Novice

Subject: Re: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for a Novice
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 09:29:15 -0400

The corollary to this is that you should remember you are not a technical communicator. You are a person who would like to do technical communication for a living. In the meantime, you can broaden your experience, your exposure to the world, and your attractiveness to future employers by getting a job in another field. It would be nice, I suppose, to have a job where you are a consumer of technical documents--on an assembly line, in a testing lab, in a computer store, on a help desk, etc.--as you could easily spin this into _relevant_ experience. But the main goal is to put food on the table and pay off your student loan, so don't be too picky.

kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com wrote:
>You realize, of course, that you're job hunting in a depressed market,
>right? There are far fewer openings these days, and many companies are
>looking for mid- to senior-level skills while only offering entry-level
>wages. So unless your area has a fair amount of tech-writing
>opportunities, you're going to find the pickings are slim, the money is
>low, and the competition is fierce. Be willing to start out at crappy
>money, then use your performance to justify asking for more. And/or be
>willing to move to where the jobs are.


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