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Technical Writer

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Researches, designs, develops and writes technical information online or in print for a variety of audiences and purposes. Produces documentation that complies with documentation plan requirements. Obtains technical information from project developers, program managers, product managers, testers and product support personnel; converts specific feedback into documentation. Responds to editorial and reviewer feedback. Produces a significant portion of a complex documentation set (i.e. reference guides, online help, user guides, UI text) that complies with documentation plan requirements. Develops and tests complex user scenarios that show how to use the product being documented. Works effectively with program management, product marketing, and other internal Microsoft customers as needed. May write portions of documentation plan and may help implement documentation plan.

Skills Required:
3-5 years of work-related experience required. Must be able to accomplish objectives that span multiple product or subject areas, and possess proactive and strategic problem-solving skills. Must have excellent writing and analytical skills. Must be able to participate in planning and design, and contribute to a project from end to end with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to combine technical expertise with technical communication skills is required. Must have demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, broad but related areas of technology. Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of a specified software product, or must have the ability to learn specified technology quickly. May require an understanding of one or more major technologies, such as database design and development, networking, client/server applications, security, multimedia, or device drivers, etc. The ability to work under deadline pressure is required. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Bachelor's degree in Technical Communications, Journalism, English or related field preferred. Work related experience may substitute for degree.

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