How Can You Stand Out from the Technical Writing Crowd?
This post on Tech Tav talks about how new technical writers can stand out in a crowded field of job applicants.
While the advice is geared toward technical writers in Israel, it certainly applies to the U.S. and Canada, too.
The other aspect of this that seems important is that it not only applies to new technical writing graduates, but to those who are unemployed and competing in today’s tough job market. For that matter, it also seems to apply to those who are comfortably situated in a technical writing who think they are secure in their jobs.
The advice given in the article includes these five ideas:
- Learn a New Skill
- Get Creative
- Find an Internship
- Do Some Volunteer Work
- Get Involved with Social Media
Lets’ face it: There’s just very little job security anymore. If and when the time comes for your company to cut staff, what are you doing/have you done that might give even the slightest advantage when it comes time to decide who gets let go? Sure, the internship part of the advice doesn’t apply to everyone. But in today’s economy, it seems that you need to be mindful of your qualifications and what differentiates you from the competition every day.
Independent, self-employed and contract technical writers already know that’s true. They need to bring value to the table. And the more they can differentiate themselves from their competition (in a good way), the better.
When’s the last time you learned a new skill? When’s the last time you did something really creative, like a video resume or a demo on using Camtasia, Captivate or Flash? Are you thinking about how you can stand out in the crowd and what are you doing to prevent getting trapped in a career dead end?
What are your thoughts? In today’s marketplace, what are some of the things technical writers can do to stand out in the crowd and get noticed?