Welcome to section three lesson one.
Let's get started with an overview of section three. In this section we will be focusing on starting your career as a technical writer. The lessons in this section will explain the best practices for preparing your resume, cover letters and your writing portfolio.
So let's get started with the first lesson. In this lesson we will be focusing on how best to prepare your resume. Your resume is the first impression a potential employer has of your professional side. Use it to showcase your best work.
At a minimum your resume should list your education, work experience, skills, certificates and references. You may need to add more sections depending on the type of job you are applying for.
A rookie mistake is not include your name and contact information. This will make it difficult for the interested party to reach out to you in case they would like to schedule an interview. So be sure to have this information in big bold fonts at the top of your resume.
Next you will want to state your career objectives and how the organization you are applying to can help you to achieve those objectives. This is usually done by stating the job position you will like to have.
Your educational background should list your achievements in reverse order. Meaning your most recent degree should be listed first followed by the next most recent. Any certificates you have completed can also be listed, such as the certificate offered by this course!
Any career related work experience should be mentioned in your work experience section. Again you will list the most recent experience and then work your way backward. If there any gaps in your work experience you can explain that away by saying you took time to focus on your studies.
Finally end your resume with references. These are people your potential employer can reach out to get a better picture of who you are as a professional. Be sure to include former teachers, mentors, employers and colleagues.
Once your resume is ready you can place them on job search engines such as monster.com, in addition you will need to do networking. Check to see who in your social circle can help find you a job.
You may also want to join an organization such the IEEE or ACM for proffesional networking opportunities. Don't forget to approach your university's job placement office as well as job advertisements in the print media. This way you are using all available resources in your job search.
So that's it. We have come to the end of this lesson. To summarize we learnt how best to organize our resumes and best practices for job searching. See you in the next lesson.