Getting into technical writng

Subject: Getting into technical writng
From: Joe Pisko <joep95 -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 11:58:07 -0700

Hello,

I assume that this question has hit this email list some number of times, I apologize for the repetition. I have a degree in English and I am something of a computer geek. I am looking to get into technical writing. I am working on getting a certificate in technical writing (it will look good to the morons that seem to staff HR departments.) I am also looking to develop professionally by reading books on XML (I am already HTML literate) and computer programming etc… While all of that is swell and all, breaking into the field is reportedly difficult. Any advice for a newbie? I have read quite a bit about the field and it sounds perfect for me. Aside from having good communication skills and liking technical subject matter, I like to continually learn new things. All of this seems fine but that first job has not as of yet surfaced. Thanks for any advice.
Joe

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