Technical Writer
 
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Employers Who Are/Will Be Hiring

A variety of companies employ Technical Writers, including manufacturers of computers, electronic equipment, software, aircraft systems, and pharmaceuticals. While there are still some jobs available for Technical Writers today, expect the number of opportunities to increase once the economy improves.

    
 

Recommended Job Search Strategy

1. Develop a resume that includes a list of the desktop publishing tools you know how to use.

2. Develop a portfolio of projects you've worked on so that you can quickly show a potential employer what you're capable of. Getting published is another activity that will set you apart from others. The Society for Technical Communication provides opportunities in this area.

3. Finding a job in this field depends on networking more than many other jobs. Joining a professional association such as The Society for Technical Communication or The International Association of Business Communicators (see below) can help you get your network started, and so can talking with other students and the faculty in your department.

4. Check the Internet for job openings. (Note: Website content and addresses are apt to change. The following were current at the time of publication.)

  • Caljobs - www.caljobs.ca.gov

  • Career Builder - careers.bayarea.com

  • Classified Gateway - www.sfgate.com/jobs

  • East Bay Works - www.eastbayworks.org

  • Headhunter.NET - www.headhunter.net/jobfnd.htm

  • Jobs Jobs Jobs - www.jobsjobsjobs.com

  • Monster Board - www.monsterboard.com

  • Yahoo! Classifieds - careers.yahoo.com

  • Newbie Tech Writer - www.cloudnet.com~pdunham/newbietechwriterhome.html

  • TECHWR-L - www.raycomm.com/techwhirl

  • Mining Company - techwriting.about.com

  • Computer Jobs - www.technicalwriter.computerjobs.com

5. Contact potential employers directly via their company website.

6. Check the Classified section of your local newspaper.

For additional information on this occupational field, contact

  • The staff at your local One-Stop Career Center

  • Society for Documentation Professionals - www.sdpro.org

  • Society for Technical Communication - www.stc.org

  • International Association of Business Communication (IABC) - www.IABC.com

  • National Writers' Union - www.nwu.org

  • Northern California Science Writers Association - www.lbl.gov/NCSWA
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