Opinion anyone?

Subject: Opinion anyone?
From: "Alaina Stern" <alaina12 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:14:53 -0500

Hi Everyone,

I need your advice to help me get out of the grueling situation that I'm in.
I'm a Technical Writer with five years of documentation experience. I moved
to United States last year and worked on an online-help project for a
fortune hundred company.

I have genuine liking for my profession and I absolutely love technology. I
keep myself up-to-date with the latest in our field. I have strong
recommendations from colleagues and employers. But somehow, all this is not
helping me find a job. I get interview calls from companies based on my
resume but once they hear that I have just six months of American experience
they disappear. My non-U.S experience isn't given any consideration. No
one's even ready to take a writing test or take a technical test and see if
I can actually do my job.

Today a recruiter even suggested that I take up some QA engineering training
(I'm guessing because of my Electronics Engineering degree and programming
experience). She went on to tell me that Technical Writing is not for a
non-American and that without experience, I'll go nowhere. My eternal
optimism has evaporated. I'm fed up of people calling me and saying I don't
have adequate experience. Where do I fit in ten years of experience in my
twenty seven years on earth?

Documenting technology is what I like. If I have a career, this is what I
want to do. I'm ready to give certifications and whatever it takes to give
me an edge. What do you all suggest? I am not good at networking. Should I
start attending Technical Communication seminars? Get any specific
certification? Get a Master's degree?

Please help!

Thank you,

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