Business & Technical Communications: Related Links
The following links are grouped according to general links about the profession, about finding jobs, about developing resumes and portfolios, and about professional societies.
If any of these links are dead or if you find new ones, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we just refreshed the following links in August 2005, some are likely to go away. Two of the best general sites for exploring technical communications are these:
- Official TECHWR-L. Articles collected in categories, archives of the TECHWR-L listserv going back to 1993. TECHWR-L (that's "tech-whirl") is the Internet-based community and resource for technical communicators worldwide. The TECHWR-L discussion list has more than 5,000 direct subscribers and an estimated daily readership of more than 10,000 people worldwide. The TECHWR-L site serves more than two million page views per month and provides articles, features, and services "unrivaled by any other Internet-based technical writing resource" (so sayeth TECHWR-L).
About the Profession
- Technical Communications: A Closer Look
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- What is Technical Communication?. A site for students and teachers of technical communication at Michigan Technological University, maintained by Richard Selfe.
- Technical Writing: Look Before You Leap. TECHWR-L article by Lain Chroust Ehmann.
- Technical Writing FAQ. Provided by John Hewitt.
- Being a Techie Writer. Three-part TECHWR-L article by Eric J. Ray, the founder of TECHWR-L.
- Job Search. From the Newbie TechWriter site, advice from a number of people on breaking into the technical writing profession.
- Getting Started. Collection of items on getting started as a technical writer from TECHWR-L.
- Breaking into Technical Writing (San Francisco Bay Area) NWU technical writers in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.
- How to Become a Technical Writer. An e-book by Susan Bilheimer (PDF format).
- Wake Up and Smell the Technology. Article by Michael Bremer, author of UnTechnical Writing—How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand and The User Manual Manual—How to Research, Write, Test, Edit and Produce a Software Manual.
- Technical Writing Tools. A survey of the software applications needed in technical writing.
- What would a career in technical communication involve?. Discussion and links from the Michigan Tech
- Savge, Gerald J., Dale L. Sullivan. Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off
the Job. Longman, 2001. ISBN 0-205-32106-2.
- Staples, Katherine, and Cezar Ornatowski, Eds. Foundations for Teaching Technical Communication: Theory, Practice, and Program Design. Ablex, 1997. ISBN 1-56750-320-9.
- Price, Jonathan and Henry Korman. How to Communication Technical Information: A Handbook of Software and Hardware Documentation. Benjamin/Cummings, 1993. ISBN 0-8053-6829-9. Read:
- Hackos, JoAnn T. Managing Your Documentation Projects. Wiley, 1994. The entire book -- yes, the entire book. However, chapters 1 - 4 (about eighty pages) may suffice for an overview.
Here are some articles about some of the preceding organizations:
The following links take you to resumes of professional technical writers. (If you know of any others, contact email@example.com.)
The following resources provide advice on writing technical-writer resumes. (If you know of any others, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- TECHWR-L Archives. By-month archives dating back to 1993 of TECHWR-L discussion. Rather than post a questions to TECHWR-L, search the archives for resume resources and tips, tips on freelancing, telecommuting, resumes, portfolios, and interviewing for technical writers, acknowledging resumes, developing online (Web-based) resumes, developing a letter of application, developing a thank you letter following a job interview, e-mailing resumes, formatting resumes, listing education on resumes, scanning resumes, sending resumes to agencies.
- The Write Jobs See the technical writing section.
- Resumes. Advice on technical-writer resumes, including Word, scanned, ASCII, electronic, and PDF resumes from Newbie Tech.
- Resumes & Cover Letters. Advice and samples from jobstar.com.
- Articles on Writing Resumes. From CareerJournal.com of the Wall Street Journal.
Here are some links on developing technical-writer portfolios (if you know of others, contact email@example.com):
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