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Leaving Academia, but Sticking it Out for the Degree

Assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong (which might not be a good assumption to make, unfortunately), I should be getting a PhD in about 18 months. I'm about 90% sure that I don't want to stay in academia. What steps can I start taking now to have a smoother career change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Unemployed technical writer seeks open source project in need.

Which open source products do you use that have lousy documentation? [more inside]
posted by 27 on Jan 28, 2014 - 20 answers

Good examples of technical writing

What are good examples of technical documents? examples: business policies, research papers, references, documentation [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jan 8, 2014 - 6 answers

This sentence is an example of the passive voice that I'm desperately

trying to get rid of. I have to write for my job and although I'm a good writer, the passive voice is my nemesis. I want to use it consciously and for a reason, not as a mistake or a bad habit. So ummm, yeah, I need some resources. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Day in the life of a Technical Writer.

Is your job title 'Technical Writer'? What on earth do you do all day? Would pursuing a job as a Technical Writer even be remotely fruitful given my past experience? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Sep 8, 2013 - 16 answers

How to improve my technical writing?

I'm in a creative portion of the software development field (advertising), and I often am asked to help write technical documents like case studies, final documentation to the client or simply find myself needing to explain technical ideas to a client. How can I improve my writing skills? I'm looking for general tips or rules, as well as examples of engaging technical writing that doesn't read like a Github Wiki page. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 3, 2013 - 3 answers

What is the job market like for technical writers in Ontario?

I am considering doing a college course in technical writing, but before I do I would like to know what the job prospects are in Ontario in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph area, or in Canada/Ontario generally. Help?
posted by torisaur on Jul 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Special career snowflake needs advice.

Graduating in December. How do I market myself to employers? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Sep 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Technical Writer Seeks Non-Conglomerate for Employment-based Relationship

How can I find a job at a smaller company given my recent work experience (technical writing)? [more inside]
posted by eggplantplacebo on Aug 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they?

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Upgrading from general to medical writing on the company dime

My employer is offering to help me train up to become a professional-calibre English-language medical writer. What resources are available to help me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 11, 2012 - 2 answers

help me become a better potential employee.

How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria on May 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Hoe to improve technical writing and presentation skills as an ESL student?

Can you recommend any free/low-cost but reliable online courses/videos/books on technical writing and/or creating decent power point presentations? Also, how do you achieve an academic standard of English when it's not your first language? [more inside]
posted by ADent on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Pay me to work, please.

Where can I get a technical writing internship, preferably in the area of software documentation, in or around Memphis, TN? Level of difficulty: it must be paid. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Jan 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Another day, another day job

Tell me what you know about technical or medical writing. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Nov 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Bad product descriptions

Do you know of any poorly written product descriptions online? I need some striking examples that are bad enough to be revised effectively. [more inside]
posted by glassrose on Nov 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Tell me about Technical Writing Certificates!

Should I get a technical writing certificate? If so, where should I go? What's the difference between the programs? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Nov 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Technical writing exercises?

So I have the opportunity to be considered for a job as a technical writer. As a test, I need to write and submit a document, several pages long, explaining how to do something (the industry cliche is "How to make a cup of tea". I'm having trouble finding examples of well-written technical writing exercises like these (not to copy, obviously, but to get a feel for the style that I need to use). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Oct 12, 2011 - 9 answers

I made a career change - is it too late to change back?

After a career change and a trip back to school for an MSc in Environmental Sciences, I now work in the contaminated land field. I want to find a new job and maybe even change back to what I used to do. I've had my current job for 3 years. Previously I was a technical writer and then I helped companies prepare I.T. controls for Sarbanes Oxley audits. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Let me count the ways

[Philosophy/Language/HistoryFilter]: What's the name of this rhetorical or logical technique, where you explain a subject by making a lot of lists? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Austin vs. Chicago

Which city is a better place for a divorced woman in her early 40s to find a male partner (mid-30s to late 40s, roughly); a group of likeminded liberal, intellectual friends, and a decent technical writing job -- Austin or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 - 11 answers

How to break into tech writing in 30 minutes a day

I am interested in getting into technical writing. I have a full-time gig presently, but what can I do in my limited spare time that will make me a more attractive candidate for tech writing jobs in a year or two? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 20, 2010 - 6 answers

My dreams didn't work out, now what?

Liberal-arts-grad-filter: How can I parlay my existing skills (qualitative, creative, communication-oriented, artistic, empathetic) and experience (tutoring, writing/editing, activism) into something with a sustainable income and job security? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Do I need a formatl certification to break into the technical writing field?

Technical Writing -- Can I break into it without a degree/certification? and how? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Jul 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me avoid being outsourced

What would be a good niche for an American technical writer looking to avoid being outsourced to offshore competitors? [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Jul 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Not Actually Written By Dummies

I need help writing a detailed technical document in "for dummies" fashion. Is there a "for dummies" style guide as opposed to a style guide for dummies? [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Feb 11, 2009 - 4 answers

What's your tech writing bible?

What's your tech writing bible? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 12, 2008 - 11 answers

How do you write great help docs?

What are good resources for improving online help and user documentation? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist on Feb 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Mac lover seeks technical writing software solution.

I am changing careers at the moment and am looking to get into technical writing possibly. Of the software that are industry standards (FrameMaker, RoboHelp) it all seems to run only on windows. I have a pre-intel Mac but would still love to get my feet wet, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie on Jan 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Dull Title

I need a good, catchy title for my utterly dry and boring Tech Writing paper! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Oct 24, 2007 - 17 answers

Please help me select a new job title.

Please help me select a new job title. [mi] [more inside]
posted by 27 on Jan 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Getting a job as a technical writer?

How can I get an entry level technical writer position? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Nov 14, 2005 - 9 answers

should I go into technical writing

Should I go into technical writing? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 13, 2005 - 23 answers

What does a technical writer do, exactly? How much does it pay?

What does a technical writer do, exactly? How much does it pay? Good field to go into?
posted by Tlogmer on May 30, 2004 - 27 answers

What is a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers?

I have what I think is a great idea for a web / design-related book that I'd like to shop around. Can anyone who has been published before offer any advice, links, or a good process to follow when pitching ideas to publishers? (more detail in comments) [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on May 24, 2004 - 16 answers

Web Design RFPs

Can anyone recommend a good resource (online or a printed book) that has examples of proposals for web site redesign. I'm not looking for samples of designs, but what you would send a client who gives you a Request for Proposal (RFP).
posted by dobbs on Jan 5, 2004 - 3 answers

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