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Technical Jobs – How to Get Your Foot in the Door
Monday, 12 March 2012 22:22

In today’s competitive job market, it’s easy to believe you will never land your dream job.  In fact, most recent college grads seeking technical jobs would be satisfied with almost any position at a major technology company.  But what if those jobs continue to elude you even after months or years go by?  Is there a way to get a foot in the door without knocking it down?

Technical jobs may take several different forms, but there is one thing they all have in common – they are all done by “experts.”  If you are qualified to redesign a software program or manage a company’s database, you are likely to possess a certain amount of natural ability and technical expertise. While this may not translate into an immediate job offer it can still be a source of income while you’re waiting.  Many recent grads have chosen to become freelance technical writers to keep their name in front of decision-makers.  Writing about your area of expertise does more than give you an audience of potential employers; it keeps your skills fresh and it forces you to keep up with the latest industry news.

Why is it easier to land a tech writer job than an entry level IT position?

Global freelancing sites and IT forums are always looking for writers who can blog about technical issues.  With so many websites now offering free advice for visitors in exchange for their business, the need for technical bloggers has grown considerably in recent years.  Trouble is, there are so few writers with the ability to fill this gap.  Take a quick look around at sites like oDesk.com and eLance.com and you will see several opportunities for technical writers.  What may start out as a way to earn extra money while in between jobs, technical writing has grown to become one of the most sought-after IT jobs in the Texas area.

The more people that discover this unique source of income, the more common it will be for IT professionals to get valuable experience in technical writing.  This type of freelance work helps candidates differentiate themselves from the average job seeker.  Even the occasional SEO firm will be looking for a technical writer with expertise in computing or telecommunications.  It isn’t easy to hire a freelancer from traditional sources with this type of experience, so they will often look for tech writers through a technical recruiter.

Getting a foot in the door with the top technical jobs after college may not be easy, but if you think out of the box it is possible to get temporary work and gain valuable experience.

 

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