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How Certification boost your career as Technical Writer

Perhaps you’re feeling stuck in your job! Are you feeling as though you need a boost! Something that could help you to advance, become more professional and more marketable or may be something that would powerfully propel ahead in your career. The answer just might be earning a certification in the field of technical writing.

Technical writing Certification programs have proliferated extremely in the past several years. No matter what field you are in, there’s always a chance to gain certification for it. The main question is can technical certification really help boost your career, or they just a way of the issuing intuitions to stuff their coffers with the cash. Most organizations fail to provide certification which were more likely to boost their career or gain employment, or earn higher salaries that those who are not certified.

Certainly some certifications are more valuable and career boosting than other programs. If you consider pursing a certification in the field of technical writing, it would be wise to pose some tough questions to the institute. Following are some of the questions:

  • What is the reputation of the issuing organization?
  • Do the certification benefits me? Justify the cost?
  • Ask students who have already received certification from the institution.

Black & White Tech Writing Solution P. Ltd is one of the best and most reputed institutes which offer best technical writing training. Those who take up training course from Black & White will learn from veteran trainers who are backed with vast technical writing experiences.

On top of all the fundamental knowledge necessary for all type of technical writing, this course included with many soft skills training which is guaranteed to boost your career.

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The Process of Writing a Technical Manual

A technical manual provides most valuable information on a product, service or company’s operating procedure including instruction on how to use, handle, and repair a system. The process of producing a technical manual is a team effort. In most of the cases, a technical writer is given only 10% priority of the whole project. Other priority includes designers, developers, testers, and editors. The whole project picture is usually seen by the project managers. Whether a technical communicator is assigned to do a user manual or technical manual or maintenance manual or any other technical document, he or she should know the process involved.

One of the first steps to document a technical document is to meet with company employee who is capable of providing relevant information on the product or service.  These individuals can provide information that can be included in the technical document, which vary from one organization to another. Varying information includes organizational flow charts, history, equipment, process steps, terminology, additional resources and abbreviations. Illustrations such as charts, graphs, screen shots plays a very important role in comprehending a process and will likely enhances the popularity of the manual.

Before starting-up with any documentation, it is essential to determine the table of contents. Dividing the manual into subject or topics can help the end users; this enhances the readability of the document.

Once the basic flow of the manual is determined, break each category into sub-categories. For example, operation manual should include section on basic operations and also advanced operation procedures. Writers must compile the manual in such a way that the section flows in a natural order.

 

Skills Required To Be a Technical Communicator

Like other profession, technical writing requires knowledge of certain skills. Skill sets primarily involves writing and illustrations. The world of technology and technical communication has evolved dramatically. Following are some of the basic skill sets that a technical communicator should encompass.

Writing Skills

For a technical communicator, writing skills can never be overlooked. A technical communicator should write in a simple, clear and concise language. Write up should convey information for a variety of audiences.

Technical Skills

Technical skills of technical communicators depend on the subject matter. Hardware and software documentation requires different skill sets that a technical communicator needs to bring on to his desk. Usually technical communicators have a technical background. A technical communicator asked to document developer’s guide may need to have a fair bit of knowledge on the platform. When a writer is tasked with advanced weapon system, they might need an advanced degree of engineering as well as solid knowledge of government documentation standards. A technical communicator should possess basic technical knowledge used in a technical process, product or a service which needs to be documented.

Tool Skills

A technical communicator must know various software tools used in technical writing. Since they have to develop document in various forms such as Word, PDF, CHM, and HTML. Writers must know specific tools, like Adobe FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Snag-It, MS word, Adobe Acrobat X pro, Author-It. Depending on the product and client requirements, technical communicators must be able to deliver various forms of documents.

Design Skills

Technical communicators should never underestimate the usage of graphics. Writers should be able to convey their ideas in a document with the help of some basic graphics. Being a communicator we should know that 90% of our brain captures information which is graphically depicted.

Testing Skills

A technical communicator should actively participate in testing the product, service or process. It’s a sole duty of writers to correct the spelling mistakes in the product.

The above mentioned skills are the basic skills that a technical communicator should posses. Skills may vary depending on the educational background of the writer and his field of experience.