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 1 and 2

I spend most of my time on this blog trying to give tips and tricks on how to improve as a technical writer. Today, we’re going to go in a different direction. Today, I’m going to begin 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 begins here.

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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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The Resume: Your First Writing Sample

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For all positions, resumes are a first impression. They are used to summarize and list your skills and experiences so that the reader may predict your professional potential. A common idiom around resumes is “show, don’t tell.” The idea is to provide examples and statistics along with your claims as support. The more you are able to show your abilities, the better you are perceived. This may never be truer than with technical writers.

Technical writers are in a unique situation where they are tested as they apply. While technicians and engineers must be taken at face value, technical writers must prove their skills on the very paper they submit. Grammar, organization, communication, formatting, and the like can all be meticulously analyzed from first contact. Technical writers are then under the most pressure to provide resumes that are not only flawless, but effective. In a sense, your resume is also your writing sample.

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