Breaking into the tech writing job market

Subject: Breaking into the tech writing job market
From: "Vincent Marianiello" <vincent -dot- marianiello -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 14:57:21 -0500

Greetings all,

I'm new to the list and have a question (somewhat related to a previous
discussion about certification) for all you tech writing veterans:

How does one get that first tech writing job without the experience?

I have a Masters in English, but apparently that doesn't mean much to
potential employers. It seems that there's no such thing as an entry level
tech writing job (all the job listings I've seen demand 5+ years of
experience) so how in the world would someone, fresh out of college, embark
on a tech writing career?

I'm sure this may appear as a rather dumb question but, being new to the
scene, I haven't a clue. The headhunters I've talked to make it sound like
one needs a science degree to be a technical writer; firms want engineers
who write, not writers who write about engineering. I've read in other
places that a good way is to do pro bono work for non-profits. Any other
advice, suggestions, ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Vincent Marianiello

vincent -dot- marianiello -at- gmail -dot- com


WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!

Easily create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to any popular Help file format or printed documentation. Learn more at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: RE: Adding custom colors to Word template?
Next by Author: RE: Internships (was: Breaking into the tech writing job market)
Previous by Thread: RE: Font
Next by Thread: RE: Breaking into the tech writing job market

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads