Contract and Recruitment agency for Technical Authors and similar content roles

Hiring a Technical Author can be hard. You may need a specialist recruiter

Cherryleaf’s recruitment team specialises in finding you great Technical Authors, API documentation writers, UI/UX Writers, Programmer Writers, Technical Writers, and courseware developers. Our staff are also technical communicators themselves, so we understand the role.

If you have a position to fill, use the form below to get in touch now.

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Avoid trying to find a needle in the haystack

Delays in filling a Technical Author (or similar) position can mean your project deadlines aren’t met, or the amount of unfinished work just grows and grows.

Fewer than two in every one thousand IT vacancies are for Technical Authors or similar technical writing roles (source: ITJobswatch). This means the mainstream IT recruitment agencies often have little experience of filling these positions. Often, they can struggle to find suitable people from a limited pool of candidates.

At Cherryleaf, we’re talking to technical communicators all the time. That’s because Cherryleaf does more than just recruitment. This means your vacancy will get seen by our wide network of contacts, connecting you to a larger pool of candidates. You’ll get access to a great selection of candidates with less effort, risk and stress.

Resources for hiring a Technical Author

Hiring the right person can be hard, but we're here to help

Interview pack to help you select the best person for your technical writing vacancy

We are thinking of producing an interview pack, sharing what we know about selecting and recruiting the best Technical Authors, Technical Writers, UI Writers and UX Writers. Inside, you’d find useful tools and information, such as:

  • Writing tests (with marking guidance)
    • The option of an independent assessment of the work
  • Proofreading/editing test
  • Job competency framework
  • Sample job descriptions
  • Current salary data
  • A framework for making an objective assessment of any writing samples
  • Advice on questions to ask

If you are interested, send us a message.

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Free course: How to assess a good technical communicator from a bad one when you’re recruiting

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Knowing a software tool or technology isn’t enough to make you a competent technical communicator. So what skills does someone need to be a good technical communicator? And how do you assess them?

This is a free online training video where you’ll discover:

  • The skills you need to be a good technical communicator
  • The mistakes mainstream agencies often make
  • A framework for assessing and selecting candidates

It’s based on the content we were ask to present at the “Build your Docs Career” event, hosted by the Government Digital Service.

Watch the video

Our contract and recruitment services

Hire a contract technical communicator

A good choice for you if: you have a short term need to create content for end users, you want someone to be “up and running” as soon as possible, your developers don’t have the time or skills to create the content, or you’re getting too many support calls.

You can have a contract technical communicator for a period that suits your needs – two weeks, a few months, or a year.

Overview of how it works

  1. You send us details of your requirement.
  2. We talk to you about the type of contractor you’re looking for, daily rates, location, skills and experience. We can help you identify these, if you want.
    Contractors often work onsite, at your location. They can work remotely, if you prefer.
  3. Then, we start searching our network, and speak to potential candidates.
    We’ll assess their CVs to see if they suit your needs.
  4. You receive CVs of the people whom you should consider.
  5. If you want to speak to any of the people we’ve submitted, we’ll arrange the date and time.
  6. You select the contractor you want to use.
  7. We send out the paperwork, start and end dates, and related tasks.
    The contract will state the duration of the contract, the work, and the rate.
  8. The contractor starts working with you.
  9. At the end of each month or week, you sign the contractor’s timesheet.
    This confirms the hours they worked.
  10. A few days later, we’ll send you an invoice for that time.

It’s straightforward and flexible. You get the skilled people you need for your projects.

Recruit a permanent technical communicator

A good choice for you if: you have a long term need to create content for end users, you need need that person to be in the office for a great deal of the time, your developers don’t have the time or skills to create the content, or you’re getting too many support calls.

Overview of how it works

We can help you find the right employee.

  1. You send us details of your vacancy.
  2. We talk to you about the type of person you’re looking for, your job description and salary.
    We can help you develop these, if you want.
  3. We send you our recruitment Terms and Conditions for you to sign.
    Our fees are based on a percentage of their base salary.
    This means everything is agreed up front.
  4. Then, we start searching our network, and speak to potential candidates.
    We’ll assess their CVs to see if they suit your needs.
  5. You receive CVs of the people whom you should consider.
  6. If you want to speak to any of the candidates we’ve submitted, we’ll arrange the date and time.
  7. We also liaise with you and them, if you wanted to make a job offer.

There's no charge if you don't hire one of our candidates, only if you recruit one.

Contract and Recruitment Testimonials

We see an ongoing role for Cherryleaf as consultants who can help to get better documents out of the vast material we have added to the system. Very importantly, Cherryleaf were able to rapidly respond to our issues with the system and help us understand.

Dave Hughes, HCC Embedded CEO API documentation writing

I first worked with Cherryleaf when I was with Zetex Semiconductors. We had a requirement for authoring/editorial support on some of our technical publications. Ellis initially made sure he fully understood our specific requirements and profile of the person we were looking for, then supplied us a selection of carefully vetted resumes. This saved us valuable time in selecting a shortlist of candidates. Ellis has also been an excellent source of help and advice on subsequent occasions. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the valuable services Ellis and Cherryleaf provide.

Mark Tamblyn, Zetex Recruitment services

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