Writers hire professional resume writers too! Resume writing is a writing discipline unlike many other forms of writing, and is often described as a combination of business writing and copywriting. This technical writer resume is an example of why that is true. Although he was an accomplished senior technical writer, the resume Thomas Hall had written for himself was four dense pages of text that broke virtually every resume writing best practice. Not surprisingly, his version got him virtually no traction in the job market.
Our rewrite, shown here, calls out all of his most impressive qualifications and experience in an easy-to-read format that was highly successful in the job market.
Key highlights are included in the summary profile of this technical writer resume, and design elements were chosen specifically to help draw the eye to the most important points. The technical documentation and technical products section of the summary present important information in a way that is easy to scan. Originally, this had been included in the body of the resume, making job descriptions dense, boring, and hard to read.
The second and third pages are also written to call out the specifics of this individual’s qualifications. The added benefit is that all of these words and phrases (for example Routers and Switches, LAN and WAN Networks, API Documentation, End-User Guides, Installation Guides, Configuration Guides, Quick Start Guides, and Tutorials) are also important keyword phrases if this resume were to be entered into an applicant tracking system (ATS). In that way, the resume performs for both human and computer readers.