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Technical Writers and Specific Software Skills

22nd October 2015 Posted in Blog, Hiring Writers, Technical Writers 2 Comments

Being a technical writer requires a variety of skills, including great writing skills, strong technical skills in other areas, good interviewing and listening skills, and good people, time management, and project management skills. But some great tech writers lack experience with specific software that hiring companies may use in every day production. When adding a technical writer to your team, how strongly should you insist that a candidate have experience with specific software?

The article How Important are Specific Software Skills for a Technical Writer gives some insight on how important it is for a technical writer to learn a specific software tool and also discusses the dilemma hiring managers may face when choosing between a technical writer who has experience with specific software but hasn’t quite mastered it, or someone who lacks the experience but is eager to learn.

Read How Important are Specific Software Skills for a Technical Writer? and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. If you were faced with the choice, would you rather hire the writer who has specific software experience or a different candidate with perhaps better writing and people skills who is willing to learn the software?

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The Evolution of the Technical Writer

17th June 2015 Posted in Blog, Communication, Technical Writers 0 Comments

Image for The Evolution of the Technical WriterOver the years, technical writers have found that their job duties, responsibilities, and their employers’ expectations have expanded greatly beyond the writing process. That is a big part of the reason why the Society for Technical Communication (STC), historically the professional organization for technical writers, sought to re-classify technical writers as technical communicators a few years ago.

The article Technical Writers are Communicators provides a look at how technical writers have evolved since the emergence of the PC and will continue to evolve as technologies and needs change. Not only has technology changed, but work processes have changed along with it.

Evolution for technical writers continues in the professional workplace, even since this article was originally published. Change seems to continue to occur at near the speed of light.

Read Technical Writers are Communicators and then leave a comment here with your thoughts. As a technical writer/technical communicator/information design professional, how have you had to adapt over the years? What further changes have you seen since the article was published?

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Instructional Designer and Technical Writer Make Top 100 Jobs

Image for Active vs Passive Writing PostCNNMoney published this list it complied with PayScale of the top 100 best jobs in America.

Among the top 100 jobs were:

  • Instructional Designer, at number 76 – With quality of life scores of A across the board for personal satisfaction, benefit to society, flexibility and low stress, it’s a bit of a surprise that this career wasn’t ranked higher.
  • Technical Writer, at number 86 – For tech writers, personal satisfaction only scored a C grade, while benefit to society and flexibility both received Bs, and low stress received an A.

Seems like a big difference in ratings for just a 10-position difference in the list to us. It would also appear that the greatest weight was given to the potential for job growth over the next 10 years. We also note the position of Clinical Documentation Specialist ranked at number 52 in the list.

Do you agree? What are your thoughts on these professions and the value of the list? Please leave a comment.

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