Newsletter of the Society for Technical Communication, San Francisco Chapter
The April meeting is on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in downtown San Francisco at SFSU Extension, Room 608. SFSU Extension is located on the sixth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Market St, over the Powell St BART/MUNI Station. For details about the location and instructions for purchasing tickets, visit www.stc-sf.org/stc-meetings.htm.
Do you wonder where your skills have most value? Have you overlooked entire markets based on misperceptions? Can you really upsell yourself and live at peace in a globalized economy? Are you still looking for professional stability? What's the upside to all this change? Come hear Andrew's insights on which niches and roles pay best, and why. Get his help mapping your cultural and location preferences to today's demand and tomorrow's prospects. And listen to his provocative suggestions for achieving success (aka resilient demand) in your content development career. Andrew hears from a broad cross-section of Bay Area technical communicators and hiring managers. His role as a recruiter specifically for our niche lets him aggregate anecdotes, and his input can help you more consciously steer your career--or at least bypass expensive dead ends. Andrew will highlight myriad new variants on your core skills, discuss who's securing these roles, and speculate about where it all will lead. This won't be a talk about the job search, but rather about what to expect from the new opportunities that already abound. And yes, it really is possible to transition, upgrade, or even just coexist in this increasingly 'exciting' marketplace. There'll be a lively Q&A after the presentation; Andrew promises to be the last person to leave the room.
Andrew Davis has recruited technical communicators in Silicon Valley since 1995, first for Synergistech Communications and now for Content Rules (formerly Oak Hill Corporation). He is a former software industry Tech Writer and is well-known for both understanding and championing the role of content development. At Content Rules he recruits all kinds of technical and marketing communicators as well as training and globalization professionals. Andrew enjoys helping those who communicate complex information get ahead by recognizing and refining their value to technology companies. He's candid and connected and, more importantly, he cares.