Yehoshua Paul

Yehoshua Paul is a documentation specialist, technical communicator, technical writer, content manager - you name it, he’s done it. In his five years as a technical writer, Yehoshua has managed to work in a wide variety of companies; from small startups to large multi-national corporations. Currently he is working as the lone technical writer in a software company that develops web-based systems for airlines, travel agencies and tour operators.

Yehoshua studied Hebrew Language, English Linguistics and English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later Translation and Translation Studies at Bar Ilan University, before abandoning his career in the humanities and taking the OnTarget Communications technical writing internship program. After two days as an intern at KryonSystems he was hired full time, and he quickly fell in love with the profession.

His networking skills and community activity have led to amazing connections with the best and brightest in the industry, providing him with the opportunity to contribute his writing skills to the Tech-Tav blog, MegaMag (formerly Spotlight), and also TechWhirl. He is always happiest when learning new things and helping people out. He will either know the answer to your documentation problem, or know the person/group that does.

Yehoshua lives in Israel, the startup nation, and as such feels that he always brings something unique to the discussion, having come from a country where technical communication degrees are non-existent; instead there are 3-4 month courses. Also, technical writers in Israel are equally as likely to have a degree in philosophy as in engineering. As a result he feels that it is less the education and training that determine a technical writer’s worth, and more the actual on-the-job experience.

Yehoshua is married to Tammy Paul, also a technical writer, and is also the father of an amazing baby boy Yishai, now crawling. He plans on one day writing a manual in getting your kids to sleep through the night, but the SME on the subject is too busy grabbing keys to answer questions.

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