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by Will Kelly
I’ve had a chance to meet with some technical writers, hiring managers, and potential clients over the past few weeks and the picture of the technical writing profession remains as troubled as ever.
While many senior technical writers are driven into contracting there is still an insular technical writing community that has never taken such risks. Personally, I think every technical writer needs to spend some time as a W2 and independent contractor and publish original work to expand their own horizons beyond just font fondling.
In no particular order, here are five things I believe every technical writer needs to experience during their career:
1) Publish an original work in a national technology publication or on an Industry Web site. There are too many technical writers who have never written original technical content much less published an original work and they have writer in their job title…