Technical writer exploration.
This page is for technical writers who have successfully completed their Season of Docs projects, by working with their mentors on the docs for their chosen open source organizations.
Congratulations on completing Season of Docs!
This is a great achievement and you should be very proud of everything you've accomplished over the last few months.
Your journey doesn't have to end here!
Here are some guidelines on how to take advantage of the work you've done:
Update your resume to include your work as a Season of Docs participant.
- The statement in your resume should follow this pattern: Participant in Google's Season of Docs <year> with <org name>. You were not a Google employee or intern, and must not claim to that you were. Here's an example of a correct statement: "Participant in Google's Season of Docs 2019 with Apache".
- Be sure to spell out the program name, Season of Docs, in full. It's fine to mention Google along with the program name.
Keep working on your project. You worked hard during Season of Docs! Don't abandon your project just because the Season of Docs season is over. One way to make sure that your project stays alive is by maintaining it and adding new docs. If there's anything in (or not in) your open source contribution that's keeping you awake at night, you can always work on that after the Season of Docs period ends.
Attend a meetup or conference. Many organizations host opportunities to meet face to face throughout the year. Attend if there's one happening close by. No events nearby? Organize your own! You spent a few months working with this open source community. Now help others get excited too.
Tell others about Season of Docs! Use the promotional material.
Be a mentor and help others. Former Season of Docs participants have a lot to offer to other technical writers and open source contributors outside the program. Consider becoming a mentor in the next round of Season of Docs too.
Stay in touch with your mentors and the community. When applying for any job it is a good idea to have a recommendation letter, and having one from a mentor who worked with you on a project and can attest to your skills can be an asset.
Want to apply for a role at Google? If you are ready to apply for a technical writing role at Google, take a look at the jobs on offer and remember to include your Season of Docs experience in your resume.