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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Unveiling the Mystery of Proposal Writing

 

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Any technical writer on the prowl for a new position will find dozens of positions for proposal writing. But proposals are a beast all their own. Some people love them. Others despise them. Few understand them until they get the experience. I’m hoping to dispel a bit of the mystery here and help maybe some of you decide whether proposal writing is right for you.

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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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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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