Gatherer: How to Use Your Office Reputation to Solicit Work

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It happens to all of us. The lulls. Maybe you just started your job, or maybe you’ve been there for years, but sooner or later you’ll hit a point where the work is just not coming your way. So what can you do? This two-part piece will help ensure that you constantly have the opportunity to show your talents.

So you’ve been a hunter and found a couple one-time jobs from the effort. You could continue to do this every few weeks, but is there a way to make the work come to you? Of course there is.
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Hunter: How to Find the Need in Your Office

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It happens to all of us. The lulls. Maybe you just started your job, or maybe you’ve been there for years, but sooner or later you’ll hit a point where the work is just not coming your way. So what can you do? This two-part piece will help ensure that you constantly have the opportunity to show your talents.

One way to ensure a constant work flow is to be a hunter. What does this mean? Hunters are able to seek out and find opportunities that were not directly presented to them. Being a hunter is important in the technical writing world. Never assume people realize their documentation needs, let alone are aware there is someone in the office who can help. These four steps will help you find the need in your office.
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Writing a Style Guide: Questions to Ask, Standards to Follow, and Rules to Make Up

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In order to create documents with a consistent look and feel, offices should have a style guide in place. So what is a technical writer to do when there is no official style guide? Write your own of course. This article will take you through the research and creation of an office-specific style guide.
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Document Everything: The Single Point of Failure Is You

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Within any office a technical writer joins, there are documentation needs. That’s why they were hired. Maybe there’s a consistent influx of work, or maybe there is a long list they need to work through. Either way, technical writers are brought into offices to create documents for the good of the office. What many people overlook, however, are fundamental documents they think they can do without.
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