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STC Canada West Coast chapter offers 10 student sponsorships

In 2018, the STC Canada West Coast chapter awarded 5 students an STC membership. For 2019, the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to cover the $65 (US) annual STC student membership fee for up to 10 post-secondary students in British Columbia. To be eligible, students must provide proof of…

Not just a writer! From a content generator to something more

When the much-debated value of a technical writer’s contribution assumes centerstage, nothing says it better than the changing nature of the technical writing profession. Originally the “story-tellers” for the product at hand, writers today, are donning more hats than what they had before. Of course, with much aplomb! The growing competitiveness of businesses translates to…

Event report: Résumé tips, basics, and beyond

Renée McTavish is a technical writer and Certified Professional Résumé Writer™. On May 28, 2018, the STC Canada West Coast chapter held a webinar in which Renée shared tips on how technical writers can use résumés, LinkedIn, social media, and portfolios. Résumés Résumés focus on how the applicant’s skills match the employer’s needs. Résumés are…

Webinar event: Résumé tips, basics, and beyond

Webinar event: Résumé tips, basics, and beyond

How do you write an effective résumé as a technical writer? What makes your résumé engaging and visually appealing to a client? How do you tailor your résumé for a job posting, or address a gap in your work history? These are some of the topics that Renée McTavish will be discussing during a 45-minute…

How to hire a technical writer

How to hire a technical writer

Why hire a technical writer? In any business, a technical writer can enhance your communications, both printed and online, and make sure that they reflect your best thinking and best practices. A skilled technical writer understands audience, both internal and external, and the way content and format work together to improve communication, productivity, and effectiveness…

From interview to investigation

From interview to investigation

Interviewing as a consultant for an assignment is more than just determining whether it’s a good fit. It can pay off to do some investigating in the interview, but that means looking beyond things like company culture and pay scale. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their requirements and readiness for a technical writer….

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

Five students are 2018 membership recipients

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is excited to announce that five BCIT technical writing students in Vancouver will receive free 2018 STC student memberships. The five students are (top row, left to right) Brian Weatherby from Delta, Verna Lethbridge from Maple Ridge, Kushanie Tilakaratne from Coquitlam, (bottom row, left to right) Sharole Tylor from…

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers sponsorship of 10 student memberships

STC Canada West Coast chapter offers sponsorship of 10 student memberships

In 2017, the STC Canada West Coast chapter awarded 6 students an STC membership. For 2018, the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Canada West Coast chapter is pleased to cover the $65 (US) annual STC student membership fee for up to 10 post-secondary students in British Columbia. To be eligible, students must provide proof of…

What is an instructional designer?

What is an instructional designer?

What is instructional design? Instructional design is the development of education materials, content, and delivery modes. Analysis of learner needs is an important initial stage, as is the identification of desired learning outcomes. Education technology is highly viable – you’ll hear terms like LX (learner experience) and LMS (learning management system) drawing from everything from…

Event report: Preparing Content for Mobile

Event report: Preparing Content for Mobile

Robert Desprez’s presentation on preparing content for mobile on June 3, 2017, proved to be informative for technical communication professionals of all background and skill sets. Particularly interesting to the largely tech writing audience was Robert’s view on current trends in mobile use, and how tech writers are responding to this changing platform. How are…

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