Re: RE: Certifications

Subject: Re: RE: Certifications
From: Charlotte Branth Claussen <charlotteclaussen -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:43:30 +0000

Hi Stephanie,

You already have something that's really good on your CV. Most tech writers
come from either technical or language backgrounds. With your psychology
degree, you have an edge.
Also, network security is a growing industry, so you have valuable
specialist knowledge.

If I were you, I wouldn't go for a certification. Rather, rework what you
already have to fit your audience - and then add some hands-on experience.

One of the best introductions on tech writing I've seen is this:

"Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing
Technical Content"
http://www.scriptorium.com/books/

Read that, and then look at relevant job ads, then use it as inspiration
for rewriting your CV. Think of problems the employers would want to solve
- then write how you can use your specialist knowledge in psychology and
networking to solve them.

When you've done that, try to get some experience. Create your own samples
on your own time, or find an internship. Most employers don't know of
certifications in our area anyway, so hands-on experience will be much
better for you in terms of getting the job you want.

/Charlotte


2017-03-22 14:43 GMT+00:00 Vincent <vincentpr -at- trfnova -dot- com>:

> the NYIT campus in Old Westbury Long Island (not know your location of
> course) offered, at least at one time, a certificate program in
> Advanced Technical Writing.
>
>
> On 03/22/17, Stephanie Torlina<stephanie -dot- torlina -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> My question is similar but slightly different. I currently work in the
> technology industry but want to go the technical writing direction.
> Since I
> am new to the game are there any courses, classes or certifications you
> would recommend for a n00b such as myself? I already have a bachelor's
> degree in psychology and an associates in network security but want to
> make
> my resume more tailored to the technical writing career. Any advice is
> appreciated!
> Thanks!
> On Mar 2, 2017 7:04 AM, "Janoff, Steven" <[1]Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
> wrote:
> This is pretty good too -- a year old (and similar reference), but it's
> linked on the AWS cert site:
> [2]https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2016/02/21/15-
> top-paying-it-certifications-in-2016-aws-certified-
> solutions-architect-leads-at-125k/
> Steve
> On Wednesday, March 01, 2017 11:44 AM, Robert Lauriston wrote:
> Ha, I can't say I'm surprised that AWS certification would be one of
> the
> most valuable. I documented installation of our platform in EC2 and
> it's
> second only to Oracle in terms of gnarliness. It's good stuff and even
> pretty well documented, but there are many, many different services
> that
> interact in complex ways. I ended up using a lot of screen shots since
> it
> seemed easy to get lost.
> On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 7:43 AM, Julie Stickler <[3]jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > ... if you're looking for a pay bump, try one of the certifications
> listed
> > here:
> >
> >
> [4]http://www.pcmag.com/article/345434/the-7-highest-paying-it-certific
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