Adaptive Technologies for the Visually Impaired: The Role of Technical Communicators

Editor’s Note: The following piece by Eric and Deb Ray is part of our collection of “classics”–articles that stand the test of time no matter how many technologies come and go.  This excerpt is from an original article reprinted with permission from Technical Communication, the journal of the Society for Technical Communication. Originally published in November 1998 […] Continue reading ...

Developing a Follow-up Thank You Letter

Question: I just got back from a job interview. I’m interested in the position, and they seemed pretty enthusiastic about my experience and qualifications. Now what? Should I send a follow up thank you letter? If so, should I send a business letter, email message, or hand-written card? And, what should I say? Good thinking! […] Continue reading ...

Ten Strategies for Conveying “I’m a Will-Do Person” in Your Job Search

Searching for a job is hard work, no doubt, and it often isn’t as simple as sending out a general resume and strolling through an interview process. Instead, it’s often a multi-phase process that takes time and effort: You update your resume. You craft a letter of application. You select samples from past projects that […] Continue reading ...

Developing an Annotated Portfolio

Question: I’m just getting started in technical writing and am getting ready to start job hunting. I have experience working on a number of projects; however, I don’t have any project that I can call my “own” or a collection of projects that I could call a portfolio. How can I overcome this lack of […] Continue reading ...

Five Strategies for Conveying “I’m a Will-Do Person” in Your Job Search Documents

Although many potential employers do look to match an applicant’s skills, experience, and knowledge to the job they’re filling, they are really looking for one basic thing: Can–and will–this person do the job that they need done? With that in mind, your goal is not only to showcase your relevant skills, knowledge, and experience, but […] Continue reading ...

Developing a Letter of Application

Question: I’ve developed my resume and will also likely be filling out job applications. Should I still take the time to develop a letter of application? And, if so, what should it include? A letter of application can be an important tool in helping you land an interview–and ultimately, the job you seek. Although resumes […] Continue reading ...