Since having finished my Technical Writing program at Utah State University in December, I got my first job in my new career! Beginning March 1, 2012, I am the Technical and Marketing Writer at Socket Mobile, Inc. in Newark, CA.
The process of getting a job was rigorous, I will admit. I submitted probably 50 applications to various places. (Who knows how many, actually. It was a lot.)
I was in Michigan attending a meaningful and sad funeral when I got the initial call from Socket. (The perky voice on the other end of the line was to be my boss!) After a more extensive phone interview a couple of weeks later, they invited me to interview face-to-face.
The interview took place here in Newark, which is about 3 hours away from where I was living with my husband. I am not adventurous by nature and so heading out to do an interview was nerve wracking.
In any case, they offered me the job. Shortly thereafter I left my beloved husband and got my own apartment about three miles from Socket.
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The initial learning curve was tough, as you would expect. But, I have some really great new coworkers, and a pretty cool boss. I’m pretty thrilled to be working here.
For my first big project, I was tasked with developing a Quick Start Guide for a new product, the SoMo 655. It is the second product in a line so I had material that had been previously developed to work with.
Find my QS here: http://www.socketmobile.com/pdf/handheld-computer/somo-655_qs.pdf
One great perk of my new job is that I have learned how to use Adobe Illustrator. The pen tool was pretty interesting to learn and now I use it all the time. I love it.
Since the SoMo 655 Quick Start, I’ve worked on lots of other types of documents. I’m working on datasheets, user guides, white papers, and various other documents. I’ve even been asked to clean up forms and documents that are used internally at Socket.
At this point in time, I’ve been a technical writer (legit!) for five months and I am really loving it. This has been a dream come true.