How to write a technical writer resume?
Before we tell you what to add here, let’s draw the line between a good and bad Technical writer’s resume.
Bad Technical Writer resumes focus a lot more on:
- That they write documentation
- How they kept a documentation up to date
- How they do it using Microsoft word, Google docs, etc
- That they work in a team
- How they edit documents
A good technical writer resume on the other hand, would:
- Shows how many customers you helped
- Lists business goals you achieved
- Highlights what type of technical content did you produced and in what capacity
- Talks about what types of users you wrote this technical content for
- Emphasizes your specialization?
- Delight a hiring manager
And, we’ll show you everything that you need to do in order to reflect those six qualities within your resume. First let’s decide on design aesthetics of your resume.
One common mistake is writing your name in bold and very big fonts. Your name isn’t what you want to emphasize.
It’s the work that you want to emphasize, hence it is very important to choose the right fonts and formatting in your resume.
Best fonts and size for your resume
Calibri- font size: 12, Cambria- font size: 12, Germond- font size 13, Arial- font size: 11, Georgia- font size: 12
resume layout for technical writers
Now, comes the most important decision- what resume layout should you chose?
You have three options:
Professionally, you’ve been fighting redundancy all of your life. But, there are upsides to redundancy when you’re selling to someone. Sales presentations for example, always repeat a few keywords in a consistent fashion.
Hybrid resume layout helps you precisely do that. Rather than being an arch enemy, redundancy is a leverage to writing a convincing resume.
First things first, remember to put across your contact information and who you are right. The later should be the first thing that comes to focus and the former should be next.
Your resume header should have your name and current designation at the top.
It is preferable to show your experience and any important certifications here as well.
Mention certifications of the sort of CPTC Foundation, Practitioner or Expert level. It will add weight to your resume and exhibit authority.
Next is your location and contact details- phone as well as mail id.
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