Every year there are hundreds of “trends” articles. Trends don’t matter. What matters is whether something is appropriate to your customer and your company’s mission. More important, then, is not knowing what trend is coming but knowing how to keep your eyes open so that when a new need arises, you’ll be ready to take it on.
The single biggest factor in being ready is how you approach your career every day: Do you treat your career like a profession (rather than simply a succession of jobs)? How you stay on top? What do you need to keep your skills current and thrive in the techcomm job market?
Bring your best tricks for staying current, up-to-date, and ahead of the competition. The panelists will share their favorites.
Panelists: Andrew Davis, Yvonne Wade Sanchez, Maxwell Hoffmann, Richard Mateosian, Liz Fraley
Attend the webinar: Mon, 8 January 2018 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PST
Maxwell Hoffmann is a content strategist with a strong background in localization, globalization, Search Engine Optimization and technical documentation. He has provided hands-on training to over 1,500 people in scalable, multi-channel publishing solutions. He also has 15 years of experience in globalization/localization of intelligent content. Hoffmann is a periodic author of technical “how to” articles for industry journals and is also a frequent presenter at content marketing and intelligent content events. He is currently “between assignments” (e.g. looking for a job!) and resides in Portland, Oregon.
Richard Mateosian began a fifteen year career as a computer programmer while still working on his PhD in mathematics at UC Berkeley. He followed that with a ten year career as a technical marketer and then his current career as a technical writer specializing in documentation for highly technical audiences. He has written a regular column in IEEE Micro, reviewing technical books and software, since 1987 and is a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core. He has done extensive volunteer work with the Society for Technical Communication (STC). He has been a chapter president, a competition manager, and a member of Society-level committees, including the Community Affairs Committee (CAC). In 2011, STC awarded him the honor of Fellow.
Yvonne Wade Sanchez is an award-winning writer, editor, and designer with experience in content strategy, information architecture, e-learning development, user experience (UX), learner experience (LX), and curriculum design. In my 20+ years of industry experience, I have analyzed the needs of target audiences and designed, developed, and delivered products that support knowledge acquisition, knowledge sharing, and end-user performance.
Andrew Davis, Synergistech, has recruited technical content developers in the SF Bay Area since 1995. He is a former software industry Technical Writer and has a reputation for both understanding and championing the role of content development. Andrew enjoys helping those who communicate complex information get ahead by recognizing and refining their value to technology companies. He’s candid and connected and, just as importantly, he likes to help tech industry workers achieve independence from intermediaries.
Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions, is a Scientist, Investor, and Enabler. Everything she does is aimed at increasing the capability, competency, and knowledge in the communities she serves. She has three degrees, is the founder of two companies, sits on the board member for 3 nonprofits. She is the the creator of experiments, the writer and producer of a blog, a podcast series, video training, papers, and books.
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Notes from the session
- Webinars that answer questions for experienced practitioners: TC Dojo (Hey! That’s us!)
- Job boards that go deeper than the aggregators: AngelList, VentureLoop
- Blogs from tech comm experts with cutting-edge perspectives.: I’d Rather Be Writing
- Conferences, Meetups (& recordings), Slack: Write The Docs, WtD Slack channel
- MOOCs and online classes from Peter Gruenbaum: Udemy API classes, Tom Johnson’s API class
- For job seekers (aspiring & perspiring), try Synergistech’s Advice pages