By Mary Burns
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
If You Missed Last Meeting…
This month saw us celebrating the achievements of Mike Murray (named an STC Associate Fellow); Mark Wray (Distinguished Chapter Service Award); and Candace Du Lac (Distinguished Chapter Service Award for Students).
The chapter stuck to its tradition of the March employment meeting. This year’s panel speakers were three representatives from the staffing companies SkyBridge Resources and Insight Global.
Seventeen attendees had their chance to ask employment questions and offer comments. Here are a few interesting facts and tips:
- The health care and hospitality fields are hiring more technical communicators.
- Working successive contracts can be positive. A contract is an opportunity to interview the company. Not a good fit? You finish the contract and move on, which looks better on your resume than leaving a permanent position.
- Use software “demos” (a free trial version of a product such as Author-it) to expand your tools experience for your resume.
- For portfolio materials created in a proprietary environment, check whether you can use an older project, or invent your own similar project, a tactic that shows your writing ability and your willingness to go the extra mile.
- Provide your portfolio online. It’s an advantage when staffing needs are urgent and turnaround is 24–48 hours.
- If you’re submitted for a position by one recruiter, ensure you notify other recruiters so that your resume isn’t disqualified.
- Yes, your resume should be tailored for different companies. Be detailed. Be chronological. Be honest. Label contract positions clearly. 2–5 pages is acceptable. Don’t forget to include your STC participation!
- Ensure your Linked-In profile has a picture.
- Selling point for young applicants: You’re less “expensive.” Even working at a non-TC job, you may meet people on the job or at STC who are willing to give you a chance when a writing position becomes available.