Whether you're looking for your next short-term gig or an in-house technical writing position, knowing where to look for work is crucial if you hope to be successful. Thankfully, opportunities abound in the technical writing field, and the World Wide Web has made them easier to find than ever before. Here are just a few places where you might find great technical writing projects or a full-time career.
Technical writing job boards: Probably the most convenient option, these types of job boards list only technical writing opportunities. You don't have to worry about searching through a lot of irrelevant listings or going to dozens of different sites - all of the jobs on these sites will be related to your area of expertise.
Freelance writing job boards: There are numerous sites that list all types of freelance writing jobs. Most don't charge a fee, and the owners of some sites post new opportunities daily. The only disadvantage is that many list all types of writing jobs (SEO, copywriting, blogging, etc.), so you may have to do a little searching to find ones that relate to your specialty. Find a few sites that are easy to navigate and updated regularly, and visit them often.
General job boards: Many employers looking to hire full-time and/or long-term technical writers will post positions on general job boards. Check out job banks or employment sites that list opportunities in your area. You may find a great employer and a new career right in your hometown.
Company websites: Many larger companies have career or employment sections right on their sites, making it easy to find out about what positions they currently have available. Make a list of companies that would likely need technical writers - computer software companies, pharmaceutical companies, computer manufacturers, etc. - and look them up online. You may find some wonderful and possibly long-term opportunities.
Newspapers: The Internet is a wonderful tool for locating technical writing jobs, but don't forget to check out the classified section of your local newspaper, particularly if you live in a larger city.
Last Updated: 05/05/2014