Re: Joing STC and breaking into Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Joing STC and breaking into Technical Writing
From: "Lorraine Kiewiet" <Lorraine -dot- Kiewiet -at- mullinconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 12:22:03 -0700

I would take Andrew's response with a large grain of salt.

1. I am writing this from my workplace (on my lunch hour of course), and I found this job on the STC Web site in the Jobs Database. The Jobs database is only available to STC members.

2. I am not the least bit interested in empire building. I enjoy the sharing of ideas with other technical writers, and listening to the speakers at our dinner meetings. I have been the "lone writer" several times in my career and it really pays off to get together with other technical writers for a sanity check. And when I've been a manager, again, networking has given me leads to people to interview for openings, or on contractors for short-term projects.

Having said that, STC was a bit delinquent in catching on to the whole Online Help wave. I had to attend WinWriters Conferences (my first was 1997) to interact with a large number of people doing the same thing as I. The predecessor to the HATT discussion list (WinHlp-L) was also a life-saver!


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