So a few months ago I re-applied to Texas Tech’s program for technical communications. (I had applied three years ago but my application was quickly rejected *sad face*.) The due date was about two weeks ago, and I still haven’t gotten a response (one way or another). I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing. In the meantime, I inactively sought out a job in technical writing. By inactively sought out, I mean that my friend new that I was interested in technical writing. That’s about as far as that went.
Well, my friend found out that his friend had just landed a job as an entry-level technical writer and he offered to put me in touch. I was like–sure, why not? I figured the most this guy could give me was advice. Take it or leave, right?
Anyway, I chatted with the guy a bit via Google Hangouts and he told me that he had next to no experience with technical writing (other than some coursework and a blog about technical writing). Despite this, he was able to find a job pretty quickly and it’s a fairly long term position (one year contract with possibility of hire). That said, he had been contacted by a recruiter who was desperate for someone to work short-term. Was I interested?
Keep in mind, at the time this conversation was going down, I was working not one, not two, but THREE(!) jobs. I was thinking to myself–I don’t even have coursework that relates to technical writing. However, as a former teacher, I have YEARS of editing experience. As an English major with a post-bach certificate in Writing, I have plenty of writing skills. I am also fairly savvy when it comes to technology (new software does not intimidate me). So, I figured I would give it a go.
He helped me fix up my resume and I contacted the recruiter who set me up with an interview within a few days. I got the job offer the next day and I started a week and a half after that! The contract was only for two months (all of November and December); I was hired to fill in for someone on medically leave. She is coming back in January, but they offered to extend my contract for an extra month…I gladly accepted.
It’s been a whirlwind of change! I still work once a week at one of my jobs and I’m still on the pay roll for another job (it’s a substitute position). I will have those two jobs to fall back on once my contract is over. I like this technical writing gig, so I am applying like crazy for another position.