Building a tech writing portfolio
February 9, 2007 8:59 AM Subscribe
How do I build a technical writing portfolio when all of the docs I work on at my current company are proprietary information?
posted by tastybrains to Work & Money (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working as a technical writer for my company for just over a year, and am very happy here. I'm continuing to learn, and have worked on some docs that I'm very happy with. However, it recently occurred to me that because almost everything I work on is confidential, that should I ever want or need to look for a new position, I have almost no professional samples to show for myself. How can I work on remedying this?
How can I find some work to do (I'd even do it for free under certain circumstances) to start developing a portfolio, so that no one has to take my word for what I can do?
I know typical advice is to find household objects and write instructions for them, but that seems more like a college assignment than something a tech writer with +1 year of experience should have.