RE: Finding that first tech writing job?

Subject: RE: Finding that first tech writing job?
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "'Mark Xavier Phillips'" <indeauto -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 01:22:04 -0400

I recommend getting the handful of guides and manuals you have written
critiqued by someone who's been working as a technical writer or technical
editor in the field you want to work in (you said IT, but I'm not sure if
you want to get more specific).

Then do what Lauren said.

If it turns out that you cannot or don't want to use your existing writing
samples, write something new -- take a feature of a software application
that's somewhat complex, and write six or eight help topics about it and use
that as your writing samples.

Bonnie Granat

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> Howdy all,
> I'm looking to land my first contract technical writing job,
> preferably in the IT field. I've worked for years writing
> grant proposals, but have only written a handful of guides
> and manuals.
> I've been sending out resumes to jobs posted on Monster,
> Dice, Career Builder, and others, but so far no responses.
> Just wondering if there's a better way to go about it? Is
> there much work right now for tech writers, or is the field
> swamped with folks looking for contracts?
> any advice or thoughts from experienced folks would be appreciated.


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