Adaptability and Flexibility for Technical Writers
December 18, 2012
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Adaptability and Flexibility skills are now becoming a necessity, and not just a desired quality, to get hired as a technical writer.
Employers want to hire highly adaptable and flexible technical writers who can learn latest technologies, new documentation tools, and can find their way in the maze of social media.
It was Charles Darwin who once said, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest wins out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”
Adaptation is indeed the prime factor contributing its share to a successful technical writing industry. In the golden age of globalization, one cannot stick to a particular standard, language, or technology by personal choice. One has to be versatile enough to adapt to any new technology or guidelines for the sole purpose of producing meaningful content to the users of a particular region.
Fewer jobs, that too in the form of low paying contracts, has given birth to strong competition in the technical writing industry. The day is not very far when technical writers working in any industry will find it very difficult to survive without the essential skills of adaptability and flexibility.
We all understand the importance of being flexible and often create different ways of doing so in our gated world. The question is how can we ensure that we are always adaptive and flexible in this ever changing landscape?
Dear Readers, how do you stay adaptive and flexible in the constantly changing world of technical writing? Leave a comment and let me know.