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Technical Writer

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Description: The desired candidate has telecommunications experience and is able to write about both hardware and software. This position will create and contribute to: installation guides, configuration and reference guides, online help, and troubleshooting and maintenance documentation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with a broad range of individuals within the company.

  • Manage time and resources to cover a broad range of technical topics to meet strict deadlines.

  • Adhere to documentation plans to meet the needs of users.

  • Generate information in the absence of engineering specifications or other product-requirement documents.

  • Accommodate frequent engineering changes.

  • Work independently and collaboratively.

  • Must be technically proficient.


  • Two years in technical writing for print, online help, and CD-ROM presentation.

  • Knowledge/exposure to: VoIP, SIP, H.323, TCP/IP, XML, SNMP, and RADIUS.

  • Experience with software development lifecycle challenges.

  • Technical editing background. 

  • Knowledge of grammar and style.

  • Ability to generate intuitive graphics and other visual aides.

  • Fluency in: Microsoft Office (all applications, including PowerPoint and Access), Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe Acrobat, Visio, RoboHelp, HTML, Paint Shop Pro.

  • BA/MA, English/Journalism/Technical Communications; BS/MS, Engineering/Computer Science; or equivalent related experience.

  • Possess excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a group environment.

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Practice Technical Writer Interview

  1. Why should we hire you?
    Tips on your interview opening.

  2. What do you like most about your current position?

Follow-up:  Why are you looking to leave your current job?

  1. How would you describe your core values?

  2. How do you identify audience types?

  3. How would you style a document to address a technical audience?

  4. Have you written more about software or hardware projects?

Follow-up:  Tell me about a software project you have worked on.

  1. Describe your experience with network infrastructures.

  2. Explain Voice over IP.

  3. Explain TCP/IP.

  4. Have you ever been overwhelmed by the scope of a job?

  5. What kind of manager are you looking for in your next position?

  6. Are you an expert with FrameMaker?

Follow-up:  Can you design Framemaker templates?

  1. Have you ever created any online help?

  2. What salary range are you looking for?

  3. Do you have any questions?
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