A DC-Northern Virginia area blogger who is a tech writer has been laid off by AOL. Do any of you out there know of any job leads in the area for him?

His career summary:

2002-2003 Technical Writer
America Online
, Reston, VA
Wrote maintenance and recovery policies and procedures for Anti-Spam and DBA Network Operations Center analysts, using Macromedia Homesite and Adobe Illustrator. Built and maintained documentation intranet for assigned NOC teams. Performed peer review on documents for other NOC teams and departments. Updated

2001-2002 Documentation Specialist
Network Mantra
, Chantilly, VA
Led documentation effort for netCM, a network configuration management
software package. Created and implemented templates for Customer Service,
Operations, and Design Guides. Wrote Test Plans, User Training, created
multimedia marketing presentations. Published documentation in Word, PDF and HTML formats.

2001 Technical Writer
, Mclean, VA
Worked on-site at America Online in Dulles, VA. Wrote documentation for
Employee Central, a human resources extranet based on Eprise content
management software. Documentation included Technical Summary, Network
Description, Test Plans, and end-user instructions. Performed testing and
quality assurance on extranet sites.

2000 – 2001 Technical Writer
Alliance Consulting
, Vienna, VA
Worked on-site at MicroStrategy, Inc. Created Intranet for Documentation
team using Namo WebEditor and HomeSite. Researched, analyzed, and developed tools, processes, procedures and media for online Help system and delivery of other online documentation using Framemaker, Acrobat, and RoboHelp. Edited Introduction to MicroStrategy 7.1 for Customer Evaluation edition of MicroStrategy 7.1. Created Product Documentation start page for Customer Evaluation edition of MicroStrategy 7.1.

1999-2000 Technical Writer
, Ashburn, VA
Worked at UUNET in Global Platform Engineering department. Wrote and edited
Requirements, Architecture descriptions, Operations Guides, User Guides, and Test Plans for domestic and international backbone networks. Edited Requirements, Design Documents and Operations Guides for VPN projects.
Created and maintained departmental intranet pages using Frontpage and
GoLive. Created and maintained documentation control and tracking systems
using custom tools and LiveLink.

1996-1999 Technical Writer
MIL 3 Inc
, Washingtion, DC
Worked at MIL 3, Inc. (now OPNET Technologies) in TECHCOM
department. Responsible for creating and maintaining print documentation
and online help for OPNET family of network simulation tools. Wrote OPNET
Planner Training course, OPNET XPRESS Developer Connector Manual, OPNETWORK ’97 Proceedings. Created customized cross-platform online help system using Adobe Acrobat.

1994-1996 Technical Writer
Led writing teams and wrote documentation for telecommunications companies
and local government agencies. Wrote feature documentation for the NORTEL
DMS100 telephone switch. Created standards, documentation, and procedures
for successful ISO 9001 and Bellcore certification projects. Wrote process
and procedures documentation including Overview, Design Control, and
Corrective and Preventative Action procedures. Created and administered
document management system using PVCS.

1994 Scientific Writing Internship
Glaxo Pharmacuticals, Inc.;
Research Triangle Park, NC
Prepared papers for publication based on pediatric clinical trials of
Salmeterol, an asthma medication

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  1. jem says:

    If this person wouldn’t mind trying for a security clearance, my company, BAE SYSTEMS North America, has open technical writer positions in Linthicum, MD and Washington DC, and several other positions whose descriptions at least reference technical writing.