Not just anyone can fill out an application and expect to get a job as a technical writer in the high-tech industry. But if you have the following skills and characteristics, you may just have what it takes for the job.

You write tremendously. You have a mastery over grammar and pay meticulous attention to detail. You have a knack for explaining complex, technical information in a way that anyone can understand.

You proofread your content. You are one of the few who proactively proofreads a document before submitting it. You should always review and edit all written communication with company recruiters, especially résumés and cover letters.

You know a thing or two about technology. If you’re afraid of technology, technical writing at NI might not be a good fit for you. Recruiters want to see your excitement about technology and hear concrete examples of why you are interested in technology. Have you ever built a computer? Maybe you’ve created a webpage from scratch? If you’ve got programming experience, make sure you show it.

You’re familiar with development and content creation tools. It never hurts to at least become familiar with common development tools. Microsoft Word is a given. Knowing page layout software like Adobe FrameMaker or InDesign is a plus. Experience with artwork software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator is also good to see. If you know anything about XML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or other web technologies, we absolutely want to hear about it. And if you have some experience with programming languages such as C, Java, or Python, you’ll have a big advantage over your competitors.

You know the company! You don’t stand a chance of getting a job anywhere if you don’t know anything about the company. Do some research before you even put together your cover letter and résumé to understand whether you are legitimately interested in working at the company. When you speak with an interviewer about the company, you should have something both intelligent and legitimate to say.

You’ve put together a portfolio. Assemble a portfolio of your absolute best writing to demonstrate your skills to recruiters. You should be able to explain why you chose each piece included in your portfolio. If you use a project from a class, make sure you submit a clean copy, not a copy marked up by your professor.