Join the Hi-Tech Workforce as a Technical Writer
JBS: Paid On-the-Job Training & Internship
JBS offers suitably qualified native English speakers with proven technical backgrounds the opportunity to train on-the-job as Technical Writers. If accepted (see acceptance criteria and process below) you will be paid,at an hourly rate, as you develop into a JBS Staff Technical Writer under our mentorship. Typically, successful JBS interns transition to the role of Junior Technical Writer—at higher salaries—within 1-3 months, and can be performing at a professional level and earning competitive rates within 6-12 months.
Free Introductory Lecture and Screening
In late December, 2018 a free introductory lecture will take place at the JBS office in Herzliya.** An admission test will be administered at that time.
Invitations to the lecture and admission test will be sent to qualified candidates, based on their application form.
Apply (no obligation) here.
Why Should You Become a Technical Writer?
Israel’s hi-tech market is booming and offering amazing work opportunities. But sometimes English speaking engineers find it hard to find work in their specific field. This could be for many reasons: the programming language or technical area you worked in before coming to Israel is not in demand here, you have been out of the work force but want to get back in, or cultural and language barriers make it difficult (see Case Studies below).
Even as Israel’s hi-tech market booms, companies are demanding more efficiency and greater value. Many hi-tech managers have come to the realization that the technical writer must be a hi-tech professional who integrates into their technical team and makes a significant contribution to their products.
There is a shortage of technical writers that meet this requirement. Your proven technical background and your language skills, combined with JBS’s on-the-job training can set you on the way to a strong position in the hi-tech job market.
Why Train at JBS?
JBS is known for its techie tech writers – that is, technical writers who can quickly learn new technologies, communicate clearly and become integral, contributing members of a company’s team. Many of our clients employ us for tasks that other technical writing companies are not equipped to handle; sometimes these tasks go beyond documentation and require deeper analysis and engineering skills – the type of skills that you have!
JBS has had great success training and integrating Anglo techies into top positions in Israeli hi-tech!
How does it Work?
Complete and submit the online application and we will take it from there. We will review your cover letter and CV, and if you look like a good candidate we will contact you.
During recent years, JBS has trained a large number of Anglo techies and helped them integrate into rewarding jobs as technical writers at JBS and other companies. Read about some of them, what made them choose to re-train as technical writers, and where they ended up.
Mark made aliyah from Australia at age 27. He had a bachelor’s degree in Information Technologies and a few years of work experience in a tech support role. He had written some documentation in his job before making aliyah and enjoyed the challenges of communicating technical ideas in a clear, effective manner. After 3 months of paid training at JBS, Mark began working full-time, as a JBS employee, at a promising cybersecurity start-up in Tel Aviv where his managers speak highly of his work. He enjoys ongoing mentoring from JBS.
Aliza recently graduated from the Weizmann Institute with an MA in Biochemistry. Unsatisfied with the job offers she was receiving, Aliza was intrigued about the possibility of working in hi-tech. As a native English speaker, she approached JBS and applied for the OTJ Paid Internship Program. Aliza’s analytical skills, familiarity with scientific methodologies and technical concepts and natural ability to communicate at a high level, have sent her right into the fast track. Less than three months after beginning her training, Aliza is a full-time Staff Technical Writer working on projects related to autonomous vehicles and intelligence gathering tools.
Karen holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering. However, after a 20 year break from the workforce, during which she raised a beautiful family, Karen felt that it would not be right to pursue work in engineering. With her strong aptitude for things technical, Karen came up to speed at JBS while working on a range of interesting projects. After one year of working with Karen, we were sad to see her go but happy that she found high-paying, full-time work at a large company near her home.
Rachel, like Karen, had taken a hiatus from work. Holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, Rachel worked as a mainframe programmer for about 5 years before taking a long break for family reasons. After completing a technical writing course, Rachel joined JBS and has been a star with JBS clients ever since. While her kids are older now, Rachel still wants time with the family and works in a job that allows her to be onsite 80% of the time and work the remaining hours from home.
After a 15-year career as a software developer in the US, Danny and his family fulfilled their dream and made aliyah. After a few months looking for work, Danny had to face reality. The programming language on which he’d based his career back in America is barely used in Israel. Danny recently joined the JBS team. He is working on a large-scale SDK project and an architecture specification for an innovative automotive project. He is enjoying his work very much.
Acceptance to the program is based on progressing through the following phases:
- Demonstrating suitable technical background (a degree or certificate of studies in a technical field and/or work experience in a related field)
- Proving qualification, based on your initial application
- Interviewing by phone
- Passing a written test, and
- Meeting in a face-to-face interview.
**Actual training will begin in January, 2019. You may continue other work or studies during training, but during the initial phases of the program, you must be available for ⅓ to ½ time during regular working hours.
University degree (in sciences, engineering, computer science, etc.) or training certificate (for example, in software development, QA, networking, IT skills, etc.) and/or work experience in a related field.