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Making Valuable Connections

I realize this post’s content will be a little different than the rest, but I think it’s important for technical writers.  As much as we’d like to believe it, we don’t get careers solely by merit–we need connections.  Sure, you need to know what you’re doing, but you’ll never get the chance to demonstrate your knowledge if you don’t know anyone.  Although it isn’t necessary, it can be very helpful to join the STC (Society for Technical Communication).  There are chapters in every state, and your participation in them goes a long way.  The greater your participation in the STC, the greater your success rate in making connections with other technical writers.  If you happen to apply for a job where one of your connections works, you have an in.  You have a specialized in.  You don’t just know the secretary or the receptionist; you know a technical writer–someone from your chosen line of work–and that’s invaluable.

It’s also convenient that the STC still holds merit of its own.  If you’re evenly qualified with someone else for a position, but you’re a member of the STC, that may be enough to put your over the edge.  I think the major reason why that’s the case is it shows you’re serious about your work and willing to do extra outside the workplace.

Yours,

John R Larsen

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  1. 04/11/2009 at 7:15 am

    john , this is my first blog . you sound way too smart for me to help , but i wanted to hear your words . i’m impressed .
    dumb old uncle B

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