September 13, 2015

Parallelism for technical writer

Definition of parallelism

The balance between two or more similar words, phrases or clauses is called parallelism in grammar. Parallelism is also called parallel structure or parallel construction. Parallel construction prevents awkwardness, promotes clarity and improves writing style and readability.

Examples:

  • Debjani likes playing the pianothe trumpet and play the guitarfalse
    Debjani likes the pianothe trumpet and the guitar.true
    Debjani likes playing the pianothe trumpet and the guitar.true
  • She played basketball, had a shower and gone to school.false
    She played basketball, had a shower and went to schooltrue
  • You can apply to the job by filling this form or apply by telephone.false
    You can apply to the job by filling this form or you can apply by telephone.true

Rules of parallelism

  1. Parallelism is used to balance nouns with nouns, prepositional phrases with prepositional phrases, participles with participles, infinitives with infinitives, clauses with clauses.
  2. Parallelism is used with elements joined by coordinating conjunctions.
    Shipra likes cooking and to read.false
    Shipra likes cooking and reading.true
  3. Parallelism is used with elements in lists or in a series.
    This task can be done individuallyin pairs, or can be done in groups of fourfalse
    This task can be done individuallyin pairs, or in groups of four.true
  4. Parallelism is used with elements being compared.
    Navtez is mad about watching TV more than to read a book.false
    Navtez is mad about watching TV more than reading a booktrue
  5. Parallelism is used with elements joined by a linking verb or a form of be
    To learn is understanding the worldfalse
    To learn is to understand the worldtrue
  6. Parallelism is used with elements joined by linking words.
    Rahul not only wants his students to keep quiet but also to do the taskfalse
    Rahul wants his students not only to keep quiet but also to do the task.true

September 7, 2015

"ALONG WITH THE SUNSET, MY HOPES DIE AND THE DARK DAY STARTS"

I am Rinni Mahajan, technical writer @ Interra Systems and proud alumni of ApraDocs Information Developers.

In free time, I love to pen down my emotions.Sharing one with you. I have dedicated this poem to all the job seekers, who fail to make it to their dream companies despite several audacious attempts. 

With Hopes intact and Zeal on the brim; I move on and on.
I sacrifice my sleep to shape my skills; yet i am a mourner every day.
I chose to work on the path laden with hard work; yet my efforts go subtle.

Every day i see a new ray of hope; yet I slip back and forth.
I cherish my dreams, I sacrifice my sleep; yet i am a mourner every day.
Hard time may come and hard time may go,
I am all alone on the way i go.

I can’t see my hopes breaking bit by bit,
I can’t face rejection as well,
How should i smile when i know that i stand nowhere amidst the crowd?

World goes by my smirk; yet i am a lachrymose.
Around the world as i go, i find myself trapped in sorrows and unending desires;
I long for a start, i long for a shore; free from world of riches.

Amidst the crowd i fail to survive,
No reason could justify why. Though the path i chose, was sweet
and perfect; yet no one is there to hold my hand.
I am a mourner every day,
Because Along With The Sunset, My Hopes Die And The Dark Day Starts.


Resume for technical writers


Kick ass CV writing tricks for technical writers


Resume for technical writers is considered to be a work sample, so it is important for us to give our best and avoid common mistakes.Hope following suggestions will help you to create a kick ass resume.

10 tips on what makes a technical writer CV hot:



1) Stick to a maximum of two pages. Always remember the CV hotspot - the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter's eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.UX concept.

2)You can use two types of CVs - chronological or skill-based. For the former, use the last job as the starter and move to academic qualifications; for the latter, describe the skills earned from different work experience and education.

3) Always include your name, address, date of birth (in some countries this is not required due to age discrimination laws), contact details (telephone number and email). For educational qualifications, state your degree, subject and name of the school, college, university, plus grades (if you were a topper).Flaunt what you have.

4) Work experience: This is the most important part of the CV because most employers try to select for the current job opening as close as possible to the previous work experience of the candidate This should have two parts - name of employer, roles performed in the company and duration.

5) Be sure to highlight what you did - achievements which are quantifiable.  Also, do mention promotions and awards.

6) Part of the Work Experience section should include the skills required for the job. The reason I highlight this separately is so you don't miss it. 

7) Skip "Interests". Unless this in some way reflects the value you will bring to the job, I would suggest you skip this. However, if you insist, interests like "networking", being part of diverse clubs (golf, theatre), ski-diving, mountaineering (displays you move out of comfort zone), being captain of the hockey team (team skills, leadership) can be added to bring some colour into your CV.

8) References: Again, I would suggest you skip this until you have been called for the final interview. During your interviews, you will realise you need a reference who would be able to substantiate a certain aspect of your experience important to this role. You can then provide relevant names for reference. Usually a previous supervisor, direct reportee or peer is a good reference.

9) Covering letter: this should accompany your CV. The letter must be addressed to the Recruitment Manager/Hiring Manager/HR Head and should explain in a short para your career objectives and reason for applying to the company for the particular role. 

10) While you may be applying to different companies at the same time, it's very important to avoid "Cut, Copy, Paste". Each covering letter and CV must be customised for the company and role that you are applying. If you expect to be selected amongst hundreds of other CVs, this investment is critical and worth it. 


So what makes a good CV?



The CV is easy-to-read, well laid out, and not over-crowded.
It's customised for the job you are applying to 
You highlight the relevant skills you have for the job
It is a concise document with no grammar or spelling mistakes
It is not exaggerated and reads honestly


What are the common mistakes candidates make on their CV?


One survey of employers found the following mistakes were most common

Spelling and grammar: 56% of employers found this
Not tailored to the job: 21%
Length not right and poor work history: 16%
Poor format and no use of bullet points: 11%
No accomplishments highlighted: 9%
Contact and email problems: 8%
Objective/profile was too vague: 5%
Lying: 2%
Having a photo: 1%

Be positive. Your acceptance of CV is just the beginning. Soon it will be time to start getting ready for the interview. Good Luck!

(Rahul Karn currently mentors a technical writing startup ApraDocs Information Devlopers.He is based in New Delhi-NCR)