Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

MySQL tech writer position on Oracle jobs site

Just in case you missed this, last week I announced that my team is looking for an experienced technical writer. Now the job offer has gone live on the Oracle website. Have a look! That's the EMEA job site, but the position is actually available for Europe or North America. The job offer should appear on the American site soon, too.

If you want to join a great team, or if you know someone suitable who does, don't hesitate to contact me!

Tuesday Oct 16, 2012

MySQL documentation writer wanted

As MySQL is thriving and growing, we're looking for an experienced technical writer located in Europe or North America to join the MySQL documentation team.

For this job, we need the best and most dedicated people around. You will be part of a geographically distributed documentation team responsible for the technical documentation of all MySQL products. Team members are expected to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities to communicate across the Internet.

Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our engineers and support personnel. The overall team is highly distributed across different geographies and time zones. Our source format is DocBook XML. We're not just writing documentation, but also handling publication. This means you should be familiar with DocBook, and willing to learn our publication infrastructure.

Candidates should therefore be interested not just in writing but also in the technical aspects of publishing documentation. Regarding your initial areas of authoring, those would be MySQL Cluster, MySQL Enterprise Monitor and Backup, and various parts of the MySQL server documentation (also known as the MySQL Reference Manual). This means you should be familiar with MySQL in general, and preferably also with MySQL Cluster and the MySQL Enterprise offerings.

Other qualifications:
  • Native English speaker
  • 3 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide (online) samples of your work, e.g. books or articles
  • Curiosity to learn new technologies
  • Familiarity with distributed working environments and versioning systems such as SVN
  • Comfortable with working on multiple operating systems, particularly Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Ability to administer own workstations and test environment

If you're interested, contact me under stefan.hinz@oracle.com.


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