My First STC Summit: International Standards?

By Alisdair MenziesMenzies_14

What does a first-time attendee seek at an STC summit? The response to such a question is probably as varied as the profiles of the some of the people I met in Anaheim. But I hope they all left as invigorated and with as strong a desire to come back as I did.

I came to Anaheim looking for some renewal: new ideas and techniques to make me a better technical communicator, as well as Continue reading

Indian Copyeditors Forum: Connecting Editors, Creating Opportunities

By Vivek Kumar Vivek

Nothing can beat the thrill of attending an editors’ conference, and if your first conference also happens to be an international one, it is the icing on the cake. In June 2015, I attended Editing Goes Global in Toronto, the first international conference held by the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Once I was back home from Toronto, I was trying to figure out a way Continue reading

Getting That First Job: Advice from a Technical Recruiter

bernadettelcashBy Bernadette Cash

Madalyn Shea is a technical recruiter with Ware Technology Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ware is an employment agency that places technical writing candidates in mostly manufacturing and medical manufacturing settings. I emailed Madalyn, who offered the following advice for those seeking their first technical writing-related job. She can be reached by email at Madelyn.shea@warets.com.

Q: What things do you look for in candidates who are hoping to land their first technical writing/editing job?

I look for a strong verbal communicator. When someone is well spoken, it is usually an indicator that they have strong writing and editing skills. The next thing I look for Continue reading