Re: How to find/hire technical communicators in Shenzen, China?

Subject: Re: How to find/hire technical communicators in Shenzen, China?
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:53:35 +0800

On 9/29/09, Sarah Lee Hauslinger <slhauslinger -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> The company for which I work has an office in Shenzen, China.

Shenzhen The "zh" is pronounced about like English "j"

> We are looking
> to hire some (English-proficient) junior/entry-level technical communicators

Have a look at the blog
Her advice is to hire English majors and teach them the tech.
Technical grads often don't have the English skills. I think she
is correct, at least as a general rule.

If you want a senior writer in China, talk to me. I've been teaching
English here for a few years, would love to return to writing.

> - Which universities in the People's Republic of China have degree programs
> in Technical Communication? What are the titles/levels of degrees offered?
> What kind of training do the students receive--software skills, writing
> skills, and so on?

No idea. One thing to be aware of is that there are huge differences in
Chinese unis. There's a national exam for entrance, top schools get
the top students. Same anywhere, but I think differences are larger

> - Where/how can we post job openings for the local area?

For hiring expats, there are sites like
and things like "That's PRD" magazine. For locals, ask your
local staff.

Anything helpful here? They've published Shenzhen guidebooks.

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

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