In Search of Buried Treasure: Five Ways to Expand Your Contacts

Any technical writer working as a contractor knows the importance of self-marketing. Although referrals and agencies are fine ways to secure contracts, finding a new client completely on your own is as exciting as discovering buried treasure. Just how do you find unadvertised companies in need of technical writers? Here are five less-traveled routes. They […] 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 ...

Your Own Best Ad: Promoting Yourself as a Contractor

Editor’s Note: The following piece by Bruce Byfield is part of our collection of “classics”–articles that stand the test of time no matter how many technologies come and go. Cattle die, kindred die, Every man is mortal: But the good name never dies Of one who has done well. –Havamal (Translated by W.H. Auden and […] Continue reading ...

Working Internationally: Advice and Thoughts

I’m an American technical writer working in New Zealand, and my jobs here have sent me to Singapore and Australia. When I told my friends and acquaintances that I was planning on moving to another country, their responses ranged from disbelief to envy. One person asked me, “Is that actually possible?” Others confessed that they […] Continue reading ...

Techie Technical Writer Series, Part I: Being a Techie Writer

What's the difference between a "technical" writer and a technical "writer"? Depends on who you ask, but it can often be measured in tens of thousands of dollars annually, dramatically reduced frustration in working with developers and engineers, freedom to work more independently, effectively, and efficiently than you thought possible, and even in the ability to telecommute or freelance more readily. Continue reading ...