You’ve posted an advertisement for a full-time technical writer. The financial advantages seem to make sense. Why hire a contract technical writer at hundreds of pound per day when you can employ a technical writer for one fifth that amount, and get the same amount done?
This is the Crux
An employed technical writer, unless highly skilled and experienced in the field of technical writing, will simply not produce as much for you, at as high a standard, as a contracted technical writer, who had to become adept at learning new stuff quickly, improvising to make the best use of their time when clients delay getting information for them. Experience in technical writing beats financial benefits hands down.
An experienced technical writer will:
- Have years of experience with clients
- Have qualifications to illustrate writing skills, in English, languages or (the annoyingly elusive) technical writing courses
- Be busy and therefore not able to start on Monday (this is a good sign, and one indicator that they’re worth waiting for)
- Have shining testimonials to vouch for previous clients’ contentment with their work
- Talk to you about:
- information architecture
- time required with developers, PMs and SMEs,
- how you can contribute to making their output meet your needs
- be concerned about reducing support and sales guys’ stress over calls about how the product works
- be aware of current trends
And, remember, Cheap Writers Can be Expensive.