As it is known the field of technical writing is indeed a specialised field. The most important factor and at the same time the most limiting constraint is the assessing of the audience for a technical writer whether they are engineers, scientists, management experts or highly skilled technicians. Also the writers have to visualise what the audiences knows about the subject, why the subject matter have to be read by the targeted audiences and what are the different terms and situations have to be concentrated. It is not like a novel or a story, but they will most likely go through specific portions more like a reference.
For example the most modern ventilator in a specialised hospital need an article that has to be specially concentrated on two distinct experts i.e. first an engineer who is familiar with electronics and secondly a medical practitioner specialised in life saving devices and good knowledge of all the diseases which need specialised treatments. So the writer has to define and explain different terms and different back ground information. Both these experts have different out look, for the electronic specialist it is the electronic design and for the practicing medical doctors it is their concern whether this device can be safely use on their critically serious patients.
The writer also has to clearly visualise how these two types of experts will assimilate the writings. It is obvious that these experts will most likely go through the report from different portion to different portion and it is quite unlikely that they will start reading form first page to the last page. So it has to be in self contained package of information in clear cut headings in order for the audiences to grasp quickly the specific information.
So to write a resume for a technical writer is by far the easiest, because each resume will be a unique one because of the specialised content of qualifications, it is not meant for all to use their soft skill because it is a hard skill and it has to be like that. It is a fact that a HRD Manager has to go through a pile of resumes to accept one most suitable in the case of the most of the categories of assignments. It is definitely a balanced task. In such a scenario the assignment seekers have to present their resume in such a manner that it should appeal or rather it has to be unique in the eyes of an evaluator i.e. the employer or the HRD Personnel. But in the case of a qualified technical writer his qualification is the unique factor. The more specialised qualification he/she has the more unique it would be. We all know that a resume will have the following paragraphs;
- Name and details of communications
- Any special information.
For most of other job seekers presenting the details in the above formats will have no impact on the evaluators. It would be like any other notification of documents. But for a technical writer this presentation will also suffice. It is because of the simple reason that the uniqueness of a technical writer is his qualifications. Sometimes as a matter of fact his experience also will take a back seat compared to the unique qualifications pertaining to the subject. In spite of this advantageous position still we can make the resume more unique by attaching the samples of the work or the projects with the resume.
So keeping this information let us discuss how we should make the resume of a technical writer.
As has been seen this is comparatively easy. The first is the name and details of communication on the top left hand of the first page. It is better we keep these details in all the top left hand of each page, to give easy accessibility for the employers.
In the second paragraph we give the qualifications in the chronological order starting from the secondary level onwards with the distinctions on each qualification if there are any. It has to be bear in mind that your qualification is the uniqueness in your resume and it has to stand apart. A technical writer is supposed to be an individual with hard skill and he/she has to be an intellectual. So it is better to have more qualifications relevant to the subject.
The third paragraph has to be of the experience. It is better to give more stress on the relevant field. But experience on other field too is advantageous. This gives an impression that the candidate is a multifarious personality and can adjust himself/herself to the new situations. But the stress has to be on the relevant field.
Now comes the special information and it is the next most important factor from the qualification. We can show the different projects we have undertaken with the glimpse of the report and how it has implemented with effectiveness.
So go ahead you are going to have a career where you are going to impose yourself.