When hiring a contract technical writer, there are many factors to consider. First, you need to be sure that you’re getting the right one to avoid problems and ensure success.
In his article “Hiring Contract Technical Writers”, Writing Assistance, Inc.’s President, Scott Hartmann, provides insight on what you need to do before you start looking for a contract technical writing professional and how to go about finding one suitable for your project. He provides a list of steps that will help guide you through the process, including preparing a job description, the avenues and resources available to help you find contract writers in lieu of full-time employees, and what to look for in a contract technical writer. He includes a discussion of the contracts and agreements you need once you select a writer and explains other factors to be considered.
Read Hiring Contract Technical Writers and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. Do you have any additional thoughts to share on the steps involved in hiring a contract technical writer?
The economy is gaining steam. Unemployment rates are dropping. Companies are hiring again. In today’s job market, there are lots of companies looking for great people with specialized skills.
The hiring process can be costly and time consuming. Finding the right match for an open position can be a challenge. It makes more sense than ever that businesses should invest in finding the right person to work in their respective company.
In her article, The ROI (Return on Investment) on Using an Outside Recruiter, Meredith Mcghan explains the benefits of using an outside recruiter, including time savings, predictable costs, and finding the A-list candidates companies want most. She makes a strong argument for the potentially high ROI of using an outside recruiter compared to tying up what may be limited in-house resources.
Read The ROI (Return on Investment) and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. What benefits have you enjoyed in using an outside placement firm? Did you feel like you had a strong ROI in doing so? What would you do differently?
If you’re a business owner or you hold a position of authority at your company, you know everything about your business. You know the market, the audience, the challenges and the strategies that work. However, even with all of this knowledge, you may not have stayed up to date with current writing standards or expectations in your industry. There’s no need to worry, however, as you can outsource your writing talent and draw from your writer’s specific knowledge set to create documents that generate results.
When it comes to outsourcing your writing needs, there are often two reasons for taking this route:
- You or your existing employees don’t have the time.
- You or your existing employees don’t have the skill set.
But there’s more to this arrangement than just handing off your writing to a professional. Think about what you want your writing to be:
- Technically sound
- Both? (Would seem ideal.)
Okay, so the new year is here. Maybe in 2014 you have resolved to take a new approach to your writing needs, sample writers by outsourcing for talent or have finally received budget approval to expand your staff.
If you are going to use a placement firm for help in finding the right people, or you’re not happy with the recruiting agency you’ve used n the past, it can be very helpful to understand what you need to know before selecting a recruiter.
And, even if you are a contractor who is looking to affiliate with a recruiting firm, some of the same considerations may apply to you before you commit to one firm.
To better understand some of the important qualifications you should be looking at, read: How to Pick the Right Recruiter by Meredith McGhan. And, if you’ve learned from either a positive or negative experience with a recruiter, feel free to offer any additional insight you might like to share by leaving a comment here.
How to Pick the Right Recruiter
According to Patrice Fanning, chief executive and founder of Technically Write IT, Ireland might be the next leader in technical writing.
For those looking at the market today, it seems that many countries are positioning themselves for this role, and perhaps Ireland brings up some good points for other countries to consider.
No matter what you may be paid as a technical writer, one thing is clear: technical writing is a valuable skill for the hiring company.
When a writer is able to lay out complicated information in a user-friendly way, not only are those using the information better served, but there are financial benefits as well.
Imagine having an outline for how one might follow a complicated procedure in a medical facility. With a technical document in place, there are clear understandings about what equipment is to be used, when it is to be used, and how it is to be used. If an entire medical system follows the directions, there is a reduced chance of wasted supplies and labor.
The new year is almost upon us. And, if the end of 2010 is any indication, there are clear signs that business is picking up.
It’s the time of year when you need to think past the holidays and put your plans in motion for staffing your teams to make sure projects go smoothly and that you’ll be able to meet the building demand in the year ahead.
How a Staffing Agency Can Help
If you’re going to need to add staff – either permanent or contract – a staffing agency like Writing Assistance, Inc. can be a great partner to have on your team. We have a very large database of skilled workers in the following areas:
Most hiring companies turn to a staffing agency after their plans are in place. What many don’t realize is that you can also get help during the planning phases even before you post a position.For example, our Guide to Estimating Writing Projects is an informative 3-page chart that can help you estimate various projects in terms of hours. Projects include technical manuals, user guides, web content, brochures, CBT’s and more. To get this useful guide instantly, just complete the very short form on our home page.
Our staffing reps are very knowledgeable in the marketplace for the professions in which we specialize. They’ll be happy to discuss your needs with you and help you in any way they can in preparing your manpower budget. You can call us toll free at 877-392-9772 to discuss your needs with one of our helpful representatives.
The team here at Writing Assistance wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday season, as well as a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for 2011!
Scott Hartmann, President
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