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A technical writer is a professional wordsmith who condenses and simplifies complicated topics, such as artificial intelligence or augmented reality, to create user manuals, online reference documentation, customer service guides for a company’s help desk, and other types of content.

Technical writing requires a deep level of understanding of the topic being covered. Technical writers often have experience as engineers, design and drafting professionals, and other related careers.   Some technical writers, however, can conceptualize information and break it down without having hands-on experience. Neither type is innately better; each has its strengths. 

Below, we will cover a sample job description, exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for a technical writer.

The Job Overview

We are seeking a dedicated technical writer to join our growing company. You will collaborate with other writers and creators to develop useful and engaging content and campaigns to grow our user base.Your duties will include updating and managing the company’s knowledge base regularly and working with developers to create new documents as we release new goods and services. You will not be expected to deliver images with your content. 

Responsibilities

Below are some of the responsibilities a technical writer is expected to assume:

  • Create and refine technical information and other various materials for explaining products and services
  • Use previously selected fonts and other typographic elements
  • Ensure projects are completed on time and meet quality standards
  • Suggest best practices and optimizations throughout content generation projects
  • Collaborate with fellow technical communicators to develop new approaches for creating more precise and engaging knowledge base articles for the company
  • Manage complex information and multiple projects within content specifications and budget restrictions
  • Use company brand voice and messaging for written pieces to reinforce the company culture
  • QA content for errors
  • Implement comprehensive technical documentation, feedback, and changes whenever possible
  • Create technical documents that convey accurate messaging for the project 
Job Qualifications and Technical Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications expected of a technical writer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant technical field 
  • 2+ years of experience in technical writing or software documentation
  • Proficiency in word processor programs such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs and PDF software such as Adobe Acrobat 
  • Familiarity with systems development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Minimum of two years experience in technical writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Fluency in English or the desired language
  • Healthy analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred
  • Experience with both print and digital media formats
Portfolio

We’re looking for a technical writer with a recent portfolio; please submit sample articles that have been published within the past three years for consideration. Older samples will be accepted only if accompanied by newer works.  

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