6 Myths and Facts of Working from Home

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When it comes to technical writer positions, the ability to work from home is the perk of all perks. The positions are rare and the competition is fierce. But are these coveted positions all they’re cracked up to be? Over the past month, I’ve been working entirely form home. And now it’s time to bust some myths and lay down some facts about what these remote positions are all about.

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Technical Writing Career Paths

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When I first told people I became a technical writer, there was one question that came up time and time again. “What do you want to do? You know… after?” At first, the question baffled me. There was an after? What was my next career step? Am I going to be a technical writer forever? Is that okay? If you’re there too, take some deep breaths with me. There may not be one answer, but here are a few jumping off points to consider.

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3 Ways You’re Measuring Technical Writing Wrong

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In the technical writing world, defining performance is often difficult. For some, especially those under government contracts, service level agreements require that performance be measurable. These measurements can determine whether a writer is praised or docked based on performance. While there is no right answer for everyone, here are some suggestions for what not to measure.

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How to Hire the Right Technical Writer

At a few points in my career, I’ve had to turn down job opportunities. More often than not, external factors like location, salary, or timing were behind the decision. This had hiring managers asking me a difficult question: “How do we find someone else like you?” Finding the right technical writing candidate can be hard. Because the profession ranges from the mostly administrative to the highly technical, finding a candidate that fits the position is challenging. Even then, perfect on paper doesn’t mean they’ll fit the atmosphere or the team the way you’d hope. So the question stands. How do find the technical writer who’s right for you?

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How to Create Templates

Plain and simple: offices should have a standard look and feel for their documents. This gives documentation a recognizable identity and communicates to the audience that what they’re reading is updated and relevant. Ideally, this is achieved by developing and maintaining templates for office use. These templates could be for memos, procedures, meeting minutes, or any other documentation. So if you’re starting from scratch, how do you put together templates that are useful?

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