I've been looking around at some new technical writing job offers. You know, I was curios to find out what companies are looking for today in a technical writing job.And of course, what do we have to offer in the JPDocu School to Technical Writing to deliver on these needs of the market.

Here is what I found:

Company 1, job posting from March 9, 2019:

Position: Technical Writer:

2+ years of experience writing technical content preferable in a software development company. HTML. In this role, you will

  • Write public documentation
  • Create flow diagrams and other content describing newly developed features and how to use them
  • Interact with development teams and product owners to stay on top of changed and new functionalities
  • Research internal technical documentation in order to extract information with business value for public documentation

Match Your Profile

  • 2+ years of experience writing technical content preferable in a software development company
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of general technical writing principles, as well as documentation quality and usability
  • Ability to communicate with Product Owners and retrieve knowledge and understanding of the business cases and the business values of the features that are developed
  • HTML and JavaScript knowledge and experience is a strong advantage
  • Good organizational and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Team player

Company 2, job posting from March 5, 2019

Responsibilities

  • Gather information by working closely with engineers and writers
  • Analyze documentation requirements
  • Develop technical content for products in DITA
  • Follow editorial guidelines
  • Follow processes and best practices
  • Create documentation plans and schedules
  • Deliver against tight deadlines
  • Support and contribute to departmental goals
  • Test pre-release software to ensure technical accuracy of the content

Requirements

  • C1 English level
  • At least 1-year experience in a technical role
  • Academic degree in computer science, a technical field, or Journalism
  • Experience in writing and editing content
  • Ability to write clear and concise text following minimalist writing principles
  • Ability to learn complex concepts quickly and explain them clearly for a technical audience
  • Solid planning, scheduling, and prioritization skills
  • Knowledge of information design, structured writing, XML, and DITA is a strong plus
  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and experience with Web publishing is a strong plus

Comparison Matrix

Now, let's match these against the curriculum of courses:

Job Requirement

How to Write Software Documentation

How to Write Using DITA XML

Project Management for Technical Writers

Knowledge of general technical writing principles, as well as documentation quality and usability

Principles of Technical Writing

Knowledge Areas in Project Management

Good organizational and prioritizing skills

Planning the Project

Gather information by working closely with engineers and writers

Communications Planning

Analyze documentation requirements

Defining Scope

Develop technical content for products in DITA

Get Started with DITA

Follow editorial guidelines

Writing Standards and Guidelines

Follow processes and best practices

Technical Writing in the Software Product Development Life-Cycle

Create documentation plans and schedules

Defining WBS and Scheduling

Ability to learn complex concepts quickly and explain them clearly for a technical audience

Basics of Structured Writing and Targeting Users

Solid planning, scheduling, and prioritization skills

Deliver the final project

Knowledge of information design, structured writing, XML, and DITA is a strong plus

Basics of Structured Writing

Getting Strated with DITA

Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and experience with Web publishing is a strong plus

Output Production

Create flow diagrams and other content describing newly developed features and how to use them


Using Images and Graphics in Software Documentation

Does this sound like the content you would expect from a course on technical writing? I bet, it does!