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Tech comm job search resources

On a regular basis, industry peers, friends, and their friends ask me “do you know of a technical writing job?” or “is your company hiring?” or “can you give me some job search tips?”

From many years of answering these questions, I’ve maintained this work-in-progress how to find tech comm jobs blog post that I first published in 2013. If you know of additional resources, let me know and I can add them here. Rising tides float more boats.

Career sherpa extensive job search resources

Hannah Morgan, the career sherpa, put together a list of websites to help with every aspect of the job search process- from assessment through negotiating your job offer and everything in between. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/job-search-2017-what-you-need-know-hannah-morgan

TechWhirl Jobs

TechWhirl TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information. For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by, and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications. http://jobs.techwhirl.com/ 

Tech Writer Jobs group on LinkedIn

Job postings to the Tech Writer Jobs group on LinkedIn populate the current list of opportunities. Geography: across the USA. http://www.techwriterjobs.net/

Society for Technical Communication (STC) job postings

STC Career Center jobs for STC members only http://jobs.stc.org/.

Many geographic STC chapter and special interest group (SIG) communities provide job postings for members.

PA, NJ, and DE: STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter LinkedIn group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=104514. You can auto-join the group to view job postings.

NYC, NJ, CT, and surrounding areas: STC NY Metro web site http://www.stcnymetro.org/home/jobs.

NJ, NY, PA recruiters

For New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania geographic searches, reach out to tech comm recruiters in the NJ, NY, and PA geography.

Massachusett-based NinaNet-Writers Group

Members of this group are people in the technical communications field in, for the most part, the greater Boston area and southern New Hampshire.

The group’s primary reason for being is for posting New England-based
(and ONLY New England-based, please) job notices of interest to information designers such as technical writers, editors, usability specialists, course developers, instructional designers, and so on.
Note: I got a good lead to my location independent job at Rocket Software from this group listing, so remote jobs are also posted (sometimes disguised as office jobs).

The group Web site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ninanet-writers/ requires a Yahoo! account. To contact the group moderator, send email to: ninanet-writers-owner@yahoogroups.com.

SimplyHired.com

I found my current technical writer job at DataStax on www.simplyhired.com.  I registered on the site and subscribed to email job alerts.

The Ladders

I receive at least weekly “I need to hire a technical writer” call from recruiters who find my resume posted on TheLadders.com. I have a basic free membership. Most of the calls and leads from The Ladders are geographically inappropriate, but if you are looking, you’ll be found here.

Glassdoor.com

Glassdoor strives to be the most trusted and transparent place for today’s candidate to search for jobs and research companies.” I follow various companies on www.glassdoor.com and have made career decisions based in part on the company reviews. To help us all succeed, consider creating an account and posting company and interview reviews of your own.

Remote job postings

Remote job postings are available on an overwhelming number of web sites. As of January 2016, these two sites are on my radar and in the news:

Various blog posts by industry experts

As always, LinkedIn as a social networking platform has enhanced job search options and a job search app. Keep your profile current and your skills highlighted in your summary and job descriptions. Review your LinkedIn profile, do a careful edit, and add the right keywords for your job target. Consider adding volunteer leadership roles to your job history so that you can connect to members through those positions.

Tips for Using LinkedIn to Find a Job
The Basics of Using LinkedIn to Find a Job

Ugur’s Technical Communication Center: Craigslist feed

Augur’s Craigslist tech writing job feed covers selected cities in USA and India and is updated daily. http://www.technicalcommunicationcenter.com/jobs/

Partner for prosperity

I’ve written several times about trusted job search allies. Consider partnering for prosperity with Hannah Morgan, the career sherpa, and Jack Molisani of ProSpring Staffing. After I attended Hannah’s conference workshops, I strengthened my digital presence to land my job at IBM. As a result of attending Jack’s conference workshop and submitting my resume for his evaluation and feedback, I have more than doubled my compensation. I recommend both of these professionals.

Got more resources? Share them so that we all benefit from our collective wisdom and experience.

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About barriebyron

Innovative, DITA-using information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Toastmaster, social duct tape, and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron

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2 thoughts on “Tech comm job search resources

  1. Thank you, Barrie, for a really helpful post!

    I’d like to add Beyond.com, Indeed.com, and CommunicationsJobs.com as potential sources of job orders. Both Beyond & Indeed tend to be aggregators, listing jobs from all over and even other services, but you can do a fair job of finetuning your searches with them.

    I second the use of Glassdoor and LinkedIn.

    And a downcheck to VirtualVocations.com. I looked at them and was in the process of going through the basic registration process, but they want money to see their listings. Um, no, thank you, I’ll pass, particularly because the JOs that they seem to be listing aren’t exclusive… so if you see the first sentence or two, chances are you’ll be able to find the same listing elsewhere without spending money for the pleasure.

    Posted by John Hedtke | April 10, 2016, 6:18 pm

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