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Subject:Re: How do new tech writers find jobs? From:Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM> Date:Sun, 9 Apr 1995 12:53:27 PDT
Finding a tech writing job is like finding any other job. It's best to
already know lots of people in the industry, because individual managers
feel FAR safer hiring people who are vouched for -- even fairly weakly
vouched for. From the manager's point of view, hiring is an unpleasant,
uncertain business (and firing is infinitely worse), and anything that
gives them confidence that a candidate isn't a flake or a psychopath
makes them feel a lot better.
The market in the Bay Area seems to be pretty hot right now, so just
doing the usual things they teach you in the books and classes about
how to get a job ought to work. Just do them vigorously. Any high-tech,
semiconductor, electronics, or software company is a potential match.
You could probably find a thousand companies to send resumes to. Such
an approach is too ill-targeted for many people's tastes, but you
ought to be able to rack up a LOT of experience interviewing through
such a method.
Robert Plamondon * Writer * robert -at- plamondon -dot- com * (408) 321-8771
4271 North First Street, #106 * San Jose * California * 95134-1215
"Writing is like plumbing -- even people who know how to do it will
pay top dollar to keep their hands clean."