Technical and sales writing does not carry with it the romantic image of sitting in a cafe in Paris, the excitement of chasing down a lead or the somber atmosphere of writing poetry on a rainy day. But it does allow for a starting point in writing for companies and brands, not to mention a means of a steady income.
Amanda Layman Low did not picture herself working in technical writing for a sales consulting company, but now that she’s there she recommends it as a career option for all writers. For those who may not have considered the option of writing copy for brochures, manuals, PowerPoint slides, etc., Layman Low says you should “dip your toes in” as there will always be a need for technical writers. She writes:
Google technical writing jobs or sales writing jobs. The company I work for is a sales consulting company, but most corporations have their own in-house writers and contractors who provide content for training, presentations and other corporate materials.
If you’re interested in pursuing technical writing, one place to start is social media. Layman Low applied for her current position by seeing the status update of a friend of a friend and recommends mining social media for job opportunities.
For more on technical writing and what it means for you as a writer, read: The Case for Breaking Into Technical Writing.
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