Even better than Spotify’s attempt, which is leaps and bounds more descriptive than what Apple recently published, this job description I poached from Google’s LinkedIn page does a good job of setting the stage. What really is a UX writer?
As a User Experience writer, you are an advocate for Google design, working to shape product experiences by creating useful, meaningful text that helps users complete the task at hand. You help set the vision for content and drive cohesive product narratives across multiple platforms and touch points. As a stellar writer, you have a portfolio of work that demonstrates content that simplifies and beautifies the overall user experience.You work with people in a variety of UX design-related jobs including researchers, product managers, engineers, marketing and customer operations. Collaborating with each, you strive to establish cohesive language and a unified voice across products and platforms. You regularly use empathy, logic and hard data to inform content choices, and are an expert in your product. You provide content recommendations that include the right words and sometimes complementary data and images.Google is and always will be an engineering company. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who are ready to take on some of technology’s greatest challenges and make an impact on millions, if not billions, of users. At Google, engineers not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world. From AdWords to Chrome, Android to YouTube, Social to Local, Google engineers are changing the world one technological achievement after another.Responsibilities
- Write clear, concise user-interface text for products. Act as a subject matter expert and point of contact for user experience writing.
- Drive a vision for product content across all product content for a given domain. Ensure tactical execution to drive cohesive product narratives across all digital touch points within the product (and work with marketing and operations on touch points outside the product).
- Collaborate with designers, researchers, prototypers, product managers, and engineers to define requirements. Manage projects and stakeholders.
- Develop concepts for early stage products. Provide data-informed insights to improve existing experiences.
- Help coordinate translations, improve writing tools and processes, format documents, and generally lend a hand as needed to produce world-class software and hardware products.
- BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
- 4 years of experience in UX, Technical or Marketing writing, product documentation or online publishing.
- Experience working with Engineering and Product Management teams as part of the software development process.
- Knowledge of online technology and related technology and products.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
- Ability to collaborate cross-functionally with teams.
- Effective writing, editing, and project management skills.
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