Technical Writer Resume Guide

4 Technical Writer Resume Examples - Here's What Works In 2024

Technical writers are the professionals behind important content we need: manuals, how-to guides, you name it. And with the great resignation that saw professionals around the world leave their 9-5 office jobs, more and more professionals are gravitating towards flexible jobs like technical writing. This guide was developed to help both new and advanced technical writers craft resumes that recruiters have told us they are on the lookout for. Proven resume samples, and effective tips are included.

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Compiled by: Kimberley Tyler-Smith
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20+ Years of Experience

Technical writers are responsible for transforming complex instructions or information into digestible content that is easily understood by the target reader. The end result may be a how-to guide, instruction manual, journal article, etc. Right now there are over 25k technical writers in the US, and we are currently seeing an influx of professionals into this career post-covid, so it is particularly important, right now, for your resume to catch a recruiter's attention and impress.

The vast majority of technical writers have a bachelor’s degree so recruiters are bound to look for that in your resume. Note that your bachelor’s degree does not necessarily need to be in writing or English (though that would be a huge plus). Recruiters will also want to see a history of technical writing so if you have written any type of guide or journal article - even if it was in a previous career- ensure that that experience takes center stage in your experience section.

This resume guide was created for you in consultation with top recruiters in this field, and within the guide, you will get to see successful resume samples, recruiter tips, effective action verbs, and the most relevant skills recruiters want to see in your skills section. Use this guide’s material as inspiration as you develop your own resume.

Template 3 of 4: Entry-Level Technical Writer Resume Example

As the name suggests, this is a technical writer joining the industry. You would not be expected to have a wealth of experience but having any writing experience even outside of technical writing would be expected. Ensure that you build a strong skills section and have a clear title to help you get past ATS filters. Here is a successful resume sample.

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An entry-level technical writer resume sample that highlights the applicant’s certifications and experience.

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