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I have read many job postings lately that specifically state that the
technical writer should write in clear, plain English. I think that maybe
some employers have dealt with writers that write with a "foreign" accent,
if that can be said. There also seems to be some issue with H1 visa support
that I think employers are trying to avoid. It sounds as though an unfair
bias is beginning to emerge. It could be a good idea to mention US
Citizenship status on the resume and to provide writing samples as soon as
possible to help overcome the bias.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+lt34=csus -dot- edu -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lt34=csus -dot- edu -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Janice Gelb
> Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 1:27 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Opinion anyone?
> Dan Goldstein wrote:
> > Sean Brierley wrote:
> >> ... I don't know why a potential employer would dismiss non-U.S.
> >> technical writing experience.
> > Yeah, that one surprised me, too. I had no trouble getting a job in
> > the U.S. after working as a tech writer in Israel, and I
> know others
> > who have made the same move.
> Same here. If you have five years in the field, that
> experience should count, and your written English seems fine
> judging from this message.
> As others have said, sounds like the problem is more with
> your representation than with you.
> One thing I did when I moved from the US to Israel and then
> back was to get letters of recommendation from past jobs to
> provide to potential employers to avoid the problem of them
> not being able to get references easily from overseas. You
> might want to do the same.
> Good luck!
> -- Janice
> Janice Gelb | The only connection Sun has with
> janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com | this message is the return address
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