Writing for corporations is more stable than freelance writing, but requires a shift in orientation from any academic or journalistic writing you have done in the past. A former journalist described the transition from journalism to corporate writing as a shift from skepticism to constant optimism: “[As a reporter] my perspective was always that the glass was half empty. Suddenly, that was not the issue. In fact, what I wanted was to tell the world that the glass was full and that its contents were not only worth drinking but worth paying for."
• not responsible for marketing or publishing your writing
• given assignments
• office structure
• social environment
• long hours
• high workload
• office environment
• highly competitive
Finding Corporate Writing Jobs
You should be aware that these jobs may not always have “writing” in the name, or may have “writing” in the name but not involve very much writing. Examples include: production manager, marketing, communications, investor relations, public relations, public affairs, editor, promotions, or internal publications editor. The greatest demand is for technical writers to produce manuals, proposals, reports, and other business and technical documents. Other documents needed are annual reports, employee newsletters, articles for company magazines, press releases, and speeches for executives.
Project management often involves some writing, but is more concerned with getting printed materials published. This type of position is becoming more common for corporate writers since a lot of the actual writing is outsourced to freelance writers.
• Read the Executive Summary for the 2011 Study of Corporate Communication Practices and Trends
• Gain experience writing for multiple audiences about a variety of topics
• Assemble a portfolio of written materials
• Visit the LACS library in FAC 18
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1. Timothy Lemire, I’m an English Major: Now What? (Cincinnati, OH: Writers Digest Books, 2006), 200.
2. Robert Bly, Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way with Words, 2nd ed. (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003), 120.