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How Did You Get That Tech Comm Job?

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Danielle M. Villegas, who blogs as TechCommGeekMom, shares the steps she took to make herself into a brand in order to successfully gain a position in technical communications. This presentation was …

Danielle M. Villegas, who blogs as TechCommGeekMom, shares the steps she took to make herself into a brand in order to successfully gain a position in technical communications. This presentation was delivered to the STC-PMC Mid-Atlantic Technical Conference in Willow Grove, PA on March 8, 2013.

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  • 1. How Did you Get That Tech Comm Job?
  • 2. Who Am I? Just like you.
  • 3. Danielle M. Villegas• Currently a Web Publishing consultant at BASF• 2012 Graduate of the MSPTC Program at NJIT• Part-time instructor for World Learning• Part of the Thought Leadership for Adobe Technical Communication group
  • 4. Employers may be aggravating the skills gap Employers having difficulty finding qualified people Millions of small- and medium-sized employers are unwilling or unable to spend $ to bring new hires up to speed; training often the 1st thing cut; question of ROI (Source - NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economywatch/employers-may-be- aggravating-skills-gap-1C7450821)
  • 5. How Can You Stand Out?
  • 6. Specialist or Generalist?• Generalist= Multi-Specialist• Most employers are asking for specialists BUT...• Multi-Specialists have more value; can grow & adapt with changes. Promote your specialties!
  • 7. Examples of Multi-Specialist skills Sure, you can write, but do you know… • SEO? • Use Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn)? • Web design? • Instructional design? • Content management?
  • 8. Create an E-Portfolio of Your Work• This impresses employers!• Provides PROOF of your skills• Update regularly• If needed, "sanitize" in-house documents as needed. http://techcommgeekmom.businesscatalyst.com
  • 9. Get an education!• Take a course--any course! Learn a new skill or update one you already have• Grad certificates, Masters degrees available• Also courses, course certificates, and professional certification through STC• Learn new software - use Lynda.com
  • 10. Get Involved in Social Media• Helps to stay on top of trends in the field and what technology• Connect with experts and other tech comm pros• Start a blog to share ideas and viewpoints
  • 11. This Company Will Only Accept Twitter Resumes For A Six-Figure JobFebruary 20, 2013 - from Business Insider: Enterasys — a wireless network provider — will be considering applicants for a six-figure senior social media position, but no paper résumés will be accepted. Instead, the company has decided to recruit solely via Twitter. Jennifer Grabowski, a spokesperson for the company, tells us that candidates need to have a minimum Klout score above 60, a minimum Kred influence score of 725, a Kred outreach of at least eight, and more than 1,000 active Twitter followers in order to be considered. Enterasys is hoping to fill the position by April.http://www.businessinsider.com/your-tweets-are-more-important-than-your-rsum-2013-2
  • 12. How do I get involved in Social Media?
  • 13. TechCommGeekMom.com
  • 14. Get a Part-Time Job in the Meantime• Helps to gain new skills or keep current skills fresh• Often pays better than unemployment and helps build employment credibility as well
  • 15. Network, Network, Network!• Get involved in STC activities• Keep in touch with people you meet at conferences• Use social media! Start with Twitter and hashtag #techcomm
  • 16. Create a Functional RésuméInstead of a Chronological RésuméImprove your chances--show off your skills, not your history!
  • 17. Why We Should Ban Resumes!The idea of matching someone’s skills and experience on a resume to ajob description consisting of an arbitrary list of skills and experiencesseems rather archaic to me. Some people actually defend doing thisfaster as a major advance in modern HR practices.--Lou Adler, The Original Headhunter and Author: Hire With Your Head and The Essential Guide for Hiring andGetting Hired (February 21, 2013)http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130221192310-15454-why-we-should-ban-resumes?_mSplash=1 Social Resumes Increase in Recruiting and Job Seeking [infographic] http://www.recruiter.com/i/social-resumes-increase-in-recruiting-and-job-seeking-infographic/
  • 18. Chronological Résumé
  • 19. Functional Résumé
  • 20. Summary: Create Your Own Brand!• Become a multi-specialist• Create an e-portfolio of your work• Get an education• Get involved in social media• Get a part-time job in the meantime• Network with other tech comm professionals• Create a functional résumé instead of a chronological one
  • 21. Contact me:Email:techcommgeekmom@me.comWebsite/Blog:TechCommGeekMom.comE-Portfolio:http://techcommgeekmom.businesscatalyst.comTwitter:@techcommgeekmom
  • 22. Questions/Discussion?