Technical Writer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 35,421 Technical Writer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing a Technical Writer Job:

1.
Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
2.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Test Procedures, be sure to list it as a skill.
3.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
4.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Technical Writer Resume

1
Contact Information
Name
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Address
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
2
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Technical Writer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
3
Skills

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Technical Writers, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on technical writer resumes is test procedures, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: online documentation. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a technical writer.
Top Skills for a Technical Writer
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
4
Experience
We compared 35,421 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a technical writer job required by employers is 3.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average technical writer job listing asks for 3.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average technical writer candidate have?
The average technical writer resume contains 7.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your technical writer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from technical writer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Male
Publications Coordinator

Candidate Info

11
Years In Workforce
3
Years As a Technical Writer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Journalism
  • Lead social media content creation, measurement, and engagement strategies for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
  • Developed conference materials including PowerPoint presentations and two color promotional materials utilizing recycled papers and soy inks.
  • Assist TLC with VIP appointments and maintain a filming schedule for the Say Yes to the Dress cast.
  • Managed all social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Post and manage social media for the following accounts; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+.
Female
Technical Writer

Candidate Info

9
Years In Workforce
7
Years As a Technical Writer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Area Studies
  • Versed in numerous legacy mainframe technologies and self-taught in HTML, Javascript, CSS, PHP, XML, and UNIX.
  • Contributed to numerous RFPs/RFIs, speeches, advertising brochures and "Letters to Clients."
  • Developed web-based On Call procedures site using interactive, web-based, Visio diagrams.
  • Consolidated SOPs to local Sharepoint repositories via proprietary Nationwide systems.
  • Designed curriculum and associated training materials including leader guides, participant guides, online training, and assessments.
Female
Technical Writer

Candidate Info

9
Years In Workforce
6
Years As a Technical Writer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Philosophy
  • Scheduled, monitored and managed documentation tasks assigned to SMEs.
  • Documented the Work Item Type Definition XML schema.
  • Consulted with SMEs and managers to document processes and procedures.
  • Managed migration of 150 SharePoint Get the Point blog posts to OCMS environment.
  • Authored in Office CMS and DxStudio environments.
Female
Technical Writer

Candidate Info

18
Years In Workforce
7
Years As a Technical Writer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Journalism
  • Consulted on web best-practices and participate in Intranet development for internal process web sites and portals.
  • Highlight Writer for the NFL Today, College Football Today and Road To The Final Four studio shows.
  • Identified and mapped workflow templates working closely with SMEs of the 6 IT support groups.
  • Manage two onshore and offshore portfolio teams on different product lines in Agile/Scrum environment.
  • Created style guide and complex templates in FrameMaker.
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5
Education
Technical Writer job openings don't necessarily require a 4 year degree. Looking at our data, we found that the majority of technical writer resumes listed an associate degree (typically 2 years) as the highest level of education.
Based on our analysis of technical writer resumes, the most common major for technical writer candidates is English, but other majors made their way in as well. Business, Writing and Communication were relatively common.
Majors
English20.8%
Writing10.2%
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Technical Writer Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Technical Writers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Technical Writers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
$60,000
$44,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%