Finding the Right Job Part 2: 5 Questions to Ask and the Wrong Answers They’ll Give

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Without scouring the internet for very long, you will find a million and one postings on how to land your dream job. Advice on how to fix your resume, what interview questions to expect, and what you should wear can be found anywhere. This two-part piece, however, is written to help you find your technical writing dream job and determine if your job prospect is a prince or a frog.

(Read part 1 here)

After reading part 1, you think you found the right position. You submit your resume, and they call! You answered their interview questions and now it’s time to ask your own. Do you know what you should ask, or, more importantly, what they shouldn’t say?

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Event Review: Building Your Professional Identity in Technical Communication Workshop at GMU | WDCB Events & News

I recently reviewed GMU STC’s first event! Check out the review here:
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Event Review: Building Your Professional Identity in Technical Communication Workshop at GMU | WDCB Events & News.

Finding the Right Job Part 1: 8 Job Posting Red Flags

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Without scouring the internet for very long, you will find a million and one postings on how to land your dream job. Advice on how to fix your resume, what interview questions to expect, and what you should wear can be found anywhere. This two-part piece, however, is written to help you find your technical writing dream job and determine if your job prospect is a prince or a frog.

(Read part 2 here)

You’re on the job hunt and scrolling through job board after job board. You know what kind of technical writing position you’re looking for. But, do you know what shouldn’t be there?

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Branding Yourself: The Hype, the Skeptics, and the Truth

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The word is out: branding yourself is in. No professional can succeed in the business world without developing their personal brand! That’s what every article is telling you. Well, except the ones calling it a fad developed by self-absorbed millennials. So it’s time to settle this once and for all: to brand or not to brand.
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What Do You Do?: Answering the Fundamental Question for Yourself and Others

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As technical writers, we fight to answer the tough questions and dare to share that knowledge with others. However, no question seems as difficult to answer as the ever popular: “What do you do?” It creeps up on us at dinner parties and family gatherings. It slips off the tongues of acquaintances, first dates, and colleagues. In a moment of panic, we pause. Soon, we’re blathering on about user manuals and policies before recognizing the blank stares back at us. We quiet down, deflect the question back, and try to come up with the correct answer in our minds.

In documentation, titles and the roles they play are of vital importance. They become the authorities, managers, and users on which the entire document is based. And yet, we seem unable to define ourselves in the same way. Whether it’s a moment of reflection, or an answer to someone’s question, we must be able to define our roles to be good technical writers.

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