Category Archives: job hunting

Do You Have to Be an Engineer to Write for Engineers?

The short answer to the title of this entry is “Not just no, but heck no!” However, I encountered a differing few in the comment threads on LinkedIn and felt the need to respond at greater length without clogging the … Continue reading

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Reader Response: How Do I Transition from Teaching to Technical Writing?

A friend of a friend was seeking advice about how to move from teaching to becoming a technical writer. Her message and my response are below. If you’re in a similar situation, you might find this exchange useful!

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Why Didn’t I Get the Job I Wanted?

It happens more often than we would like to admit it: we do our  best to look good to a potential employer and then, for some reason–not always disclosed to us–the work does not go to us. Was it something I … Continue reading

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Should I Join STC?

I’ve never really discussed membership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) because of my own mixed feelings about STC or organizations like it. I have been a member, off and on, am not one currently, but might be one again … Continue reading

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How to Make a Good Last Impression

We put a lot of work into getting jobs–picking the right clothing, speaking politely with our potential employer, show off our best stuff in our portfolio. But what do we do when we leave a job?

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What Should You Look for in a Resume?

If you’ve ever been in the position of hiring someone, then you know that reading through resumes can be a challenge. I recall reading through a good 30+ resumes to fill one tech writing at a defense contractor within the … Continue reading

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A Practical Approach to Career Change

As promised, I’m going to try to crystallize some of the advice I’ve shared with my various readers and correspondence seeking to answer this question: “I have X experience and I’m trying to pursue a career in Y field. How do … Continue reading

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