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Every professional needs a grounding in getting started in their chosen profession. These features and how-to articles provide insight on traveling the career path, as well as tools and strategies for landing the job, advancing in the organization, and building skills.

The Help Files: Cover Letter Special

Your resume needs to be escorted to someone’s inbox. Your resume needs an explainer. Your resume contains your name, but it doesn’t say what position you’re applying for or demonstrate that you know something about the company. That’s what a cover letter does. Continue reading ...

Building an NDA-Compliant Portfolio

Summer replay: At some point in your technical communications career (and probably at most of them), you will be asked to sign a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before beginning work for an employer or client. Like most professionals, you plan on doing great work, and want to be able to show future employers and clients exactly what kind of technical communications masterpieces you can produce. But you’ve got to sign that NDA, and it’s gnawing at you how you’ll be able to show your capabilities without divulging information that could impact the company that hired you. Continue reading ...

where the jobs are in technical writing

Where the Jobs Are in Technical Writing

While for some the choice to become a technical writer is obvious, the industry one chooses to work in is just as important as the initial decision to become a technical writer. If you are about to head out with newly minted degree in hand, or looking for a new opportunity, finding out where the jobs are in technical writing and other tech comm fields marks one of the biggest steps you can take. Continue reading ...

Find your next Technical Communication Job

Technical Communication Job Summary January 13, 2013

Time to dust off your resume, update it with your 2012 accomplishments and start plotting your path to your next role. Despite the endless talk of the economic fiscal cliff, the number of jobs advertised in the technical communication industry increased, so even the minor lull of the last couple of weeks seems to be over. Check out the jobs on TechWhirl Job Board. Continue reading ...

Tips and Tricks: What To Look for in an Online Tech Comm Program

As both a student and a teacher, I've had the opportunity to sample a variety of online learning experiences. While online programs are tremendously useful (save time and money for starters), you could find yourself sacrificing other key elements (like quality of learning content and social interaction) that can make a difference in the long run. If you have determined that an online course is the right move for you, how can you make sure you don’t enroll in a bad program, and can enroll in a good one? Use this list of key elements as a guide when you’re shopping. Continue reading ...