Re: Bone-headed Question

Subject: Re: Bone-headed Question
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 14:04:24 -0500

The only bone-headed question, Dave, is the one that is not asked. As techwriters, it's our job to ask the most basic questions from time to time. You mention "not too many positions that match my liking". That could be a problem. One's first job upon graduation is very likely not going to be ideal from any standpoint. It's more important to get /any /job in the field, even if it's a bit on the fringe of where you want to end up, than it is to try to find the "right" job. You know what they say, if at first you don't succeed, lower your expectations. :-)

I would also suggest less reliance on search engines, and more reliance on personal networking. Go to the watering holes, where the people who hire, work with, and are techwriters show up. Local STC meetings, even IEEE and ACM meetings, conferences, tradeshows, anything that gets you meeting people in the industry is worth your time. Yes, it's lots of legwork and talking to strangers, but many jobs are never posted online or otherwise, so that's the only way you'll hear about them.

Target your resume and cover letter to the speciifc job description and company rather than sending out generic resumes. Apply for any job that fits your qualifications, even if it doesn't fit your preferences. When you have a couple of years' experience, you can expect to be considered for a job that is more in line with what you'd like to do.

Good luck!

Beth Agnew
Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Toronto, ON 416.491.5050 x3133

David Loveless wrote:


I'm finally graduating from college and entering that lone and
terrible world known as "the real world."

So my question is this: I've been everywhere from the highest
mountain to the lowest valley searching for technical writing jobs and
while I find a good number on various sites (LinkedIn, Monster, Yahoo
Jobs, and the local chapter of the STC in particular), I haven't found
too many positions that match my liking. Any thoughts on a good tech
writer job search engine?

I would prefer something more along the lines of end-user
documentation and training, but I'm okay with software documentation.

Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated. Oh, one more
thing. I have no problem with relocation either so local job search
engines would be most welcome.


Dave Loveless



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