Let’s Tear Apart My Resume

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In one of my previous positions, I helped people with their resumes. Even now, friends and family send me their resumes to look over. Most of them struggle to think of “impressive” things to say. Well here I am to tell you that you are impressive. And just to show you, I’m going to tear apart my own resume. I’ll show you how it appears on my resume. Then, I’ll tear it down to its literal meaning and explain why I reworded things the way I did. Hopefully it inspires you to look back at your resume with a tech writer eye.

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The Worst Coworker Ever – Parts 3 and 4

I spend most of my time on this blog trying to give tips and tricks on how to improve as a technical writer. But at times, we simply need examples of what not to do. Today, we continue the story of the worst technical writing coworker I’ve ever dealt with. Out of respect for those involved, names have been changed. Out of respect for you, everything else is told exactly as it occurred. The six-part series continues here.

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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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Following Playboy’s Example

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Playboy announced last week that their print publication will no longer feature images of nude women beginning next March. The announcement raised a stir across media outlets and avid readers alike, many alluding to the common punchline:

“No one reads Playboy for the articles.”

But, is that really true?
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Event Review: Content Strategy to the Rescue!

InfoDevDC kicked-off their event season Tuesday night with Content Strategy to the Rescue! Opower hosted the event that featured a presentation by Theresa Rogers and an Oktoberfest-themed spread (a keg, brats, the whole shebang). It promised to outline how Opower built their knowledge management team and teach how to grow an effective, sustainable content strategy from the bottom up.

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