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Am I the only one?

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HeatherFazio
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Albany, NY USA

Okay, I guess I'll kick off this message board...

Name is Heather, and I've been a tech writer (or some form of) for more than ten years. Time flies...

I fell into the profession at the NYS Senate after obtaining a degree in English Lit, but failing to write to the next great American novel in time to pay my next rent bill or car payment. Within six months I was hooked, and felt like I had found my niche'.

Wouldn't you know I then move to a company where reorganizations happened every six months. No joke, I had 14 managers in 7 years. Most were laid off and I became known as the black-plague employee who outlasted most management. Finally, I had a manager who knew the game as well as I, and she had to let me go along with 114 other people. She now has a tee-shirt that reads: "I survived the plague". Wink Just kidding, she happened to be a really cool person and a great manager, but alas, another re-org at year end did me in.

During that time I wore many hats - Tech Writer (I, II, III, and Senior), Documentation Standards Analyst (they didn't know what to do with me after Senior), Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Process Improvement and Development Standards Analyst. That last one was a bitch to format in my Outlook signature.

Currently I'm on the job hunt and I'm so tired of formatting my resume to fit the title being advertised. Tech Writer doesn't seem to cover it all, and Project Manager seems too narrow.

I guess that covers enough for now... If anyone has actually made it through this post, I look forward to learning and contributing, something I greatly miss. The only action I'm getting lately is my "case manager" at the unemployment office asking ME for contacts.

Write on!
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 Posted 13 years ago (Thread Starter)
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Hi Heather,

Thanks for kicking off the tech writer board! We should get more traffic on this board once we start sending out our monthly eMag in a few weeks. I also have to add some more content to the tech writer group too (some more FAQs, Tips, etc.).

Good luck with the job hunt. I noticed you posted your resume so I hope something pans out thru us.

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Mariya Fox
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Hi Heather,

Its good to see your details, with finding a good job, you should work with freelance projects, infect there are lots of jobs available of tech writer, just you have to create your professional account on upwork & freelancer & you can bid your favoraite projects, infect you can earn smart money as compare to job. 

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