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Interview Etiquette for the Candidate

Interview Etiquette for the Candidate

I’ve been involved with technical communications for over 15 years in various capacities: technical writing, user education, training, documentation management, product management, and mentoring. For many years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of junior to senior technical writers, but I understand what it’s like to be the nervously excited interviewee. I wanted to share my experiences on both sides of…

Six Things I Learned In My First Job As A Technical Writer

Six Things I Learned In My First Job As A Technical Writer

In the past four months, I have had some key learning experiences in my first job as a technical writer. In this article, I share six things I’ve learned, and offer insights into the beginning of my journey as a technical writer.  1. Writing is the tip of the iceberg. During the interview for my…

January 31 – Making Tracks

January 31 – Making Tracks

Event Description As technical communicators, we are always looking for ways to make an impact with our work. Come join the STC Canada West Coast chapter for a day of learning how you can make a difference. The event will have two tracks: one for students and new technical communicators and one for those more…

Choosing a Technical Communication Program

Choosing a Technical Communication Program

            Your education could be the reason you get hired or promoted. Therefore, when choosing a Technical Communication program, carefully consider the following : What specific skills or software knowledge is required for your current or desired field? How will the program help you develop your portfolio? What kind of…

Conducting Informational Interviews

Conducting Informational Interviews

Statistics show that only 20% of all jobs are advertised. Therefore, 80% are filled through referrals, networking and word of mouth. Conducting informational interviews can help you uncover unadvertised positions and build your network. What is an informational interview? It’s an informal meeting where your only objective is to gain information about an industry, company,…

Five Myths About Technical Writing And Why They Are Wrong

Five Myths About Technical Writing And Why They Are Wrong

Are you considering a career in Technical Communication? Have you told others about your interest in the field? Have you received a blank stare back? Have you heard: “…really? Is that what you want to do?” Let’s take a look at five myths about technical communication, and why they are wrong.   MYTH #1: Technical…

Resume Tips

Resume Tips

Standing out in a crowd can be challenging. Creating a résumé that stands out can be even more challenging. Here are 10 tips for creating a résumé to help you get noticed in the job market. Put your name and contact information in the top right corner of the page. Why? When a recruiter or hiring…

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Could you be a Technical Writer?

Are you considering a career in technical writing? There are many galmourous Hollywood portrayals of journalists and novelists, but technical writers are overlooked. This oversight can make it difficult to picture what qualifications and skills are needed for this rewarding and challenging career.   What skills do technical writers need to “research and create information…

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, such as science, engineering or software development. These professionals have likely gained a solid skill set that is transferable to technical communication work. For example,…

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

A Networking Strategy for Introverts

Job hunting is challenging. Networking and informational interviews were foreign concepts to me when I started in the field and I broke into a sweat just thinking about them. However, I’ve found it to be the best way to find jobs that I love to do, especially since moving to Vancouver. I want to share…

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