TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Dear fellow techwhirlers--
I am aggressively looking for one or more tech writers to join the company I
here in Peoria, IL. Not my dream town either, but before you delete this
message please at least consider the position or refer someone who is
First I'll give you the "corporate definition", then my own slant.
CGN & Associates is a provider of Strategic Technology Resources and
Products. As a
technology consulting organization we provide major corporations with the
related services and solutions
7 Technology Integration and Systems Consulting
7 Custom Software Development
7 Technical Staffing Solutions
7 Multimedia Reference and Training
CGN & Associates is currently looking for technical writers and information
to fill a range of positions in all our service areas. All positions are
full-time, and located in Peoria, IL.
Positions require a bachelor s degree and some experience in technical
writing. For some
positions, a master s degree is preferable. Candidates should have excellent
and organization skills, be motivated and resourceful problem solvers, and be
perform in a fast paced, high growth environment. Knowledge of MS Word,
Doc-to-Help, HTML, and graphics packages are helpful.
As part of our consulting team, you will experience a dynamic,
environment. You will find CGN & Associates a challenging and exciting
company. CGN &
Associates offers an excellent compensation and benefits package that
includes medical and dental insurance, 401K, tuition and professional
reimbursement, and profit bonus programs.
"My side of the story..."
We are a small company (about 50 people distributed between 3 locations--IL,
and recently spun-off from our parent company (which mainly did engineering
The majority of our work in Peoria is custom software development--which
user guides, help files, etc. We are also trying to develop some internal
standards and documentation (a la ISO 9000). In addition we are working on
materials a new company needs--marketing pieces, employee manual, .....
At the moment I am the only writer for the group and have sufficiently
team that there is significant need for more documentation people. Because
everyone's roles are loosely defined, potential candidates are welcome to
themselves based on what they most want to do! For instance, when
I joined this past spring, I wanted to do WWW pages and user guides. I made
for employment based on those and other roles I envisioned, and ended up
on whole host of additional projects from proposals to marketing materials to
In the near term we really need someone to help with documenting software
in the early stages of development (where you can have a big impact!) and
someone who is good with graphics (developing and manipulating). There is a
room for growth, though, as we are expanding rapidly both in terms of
personnel, moving to a new location in the Riverfront Development district,
acquiring new contracts with local businesses for documentation projects.
What I'm really saying is that if you're willing to seek out projects and set
(we have too much to do!!), develop contacts within the local area (I have
several of my own
contracts through CGN & Assoc with Caterpillar to do manuals, WWW sites,
and would like to chart your own course for success, give me a call!
I can be reached at
CGN & Associates | 415 SW Washington | Peoria, IL 61602
309.672.6400 x310 | 309.672.2400 fax | email: jlrcgn -at- aol -dot- com
Thanks for reading and hope my company can offer employment to more
tech communicators soon!