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I remember a conversation I had with a particular Recruitment Consultant when I was looking for my current job. Having sent him my CV he commented on how clear and easy to read it was. This was welcome praise, but I surprised him when I said that as a Technical Writer it should be! He was surprised not because of what I’d said, but because he realised how few people applying for Technical Writers jobs knew how to market their skill set in their CV.
It can work both ways of course. Would I have applied for my current job if it had been badly marketed? Definitely not! It was therefore with absolute horror that I saw this job advertisement. Why any sane Technical Writer would even consider applying for such a position is beyond me. Quite apart from the plethora of grammatical and spelling errors, the employer seems to want someone with a completely different skill set from any Technical Writer I know. What do you think?
Q: “Is this the right room for an argument.”
A: “I’ve told you once.”
So starts what has to be one of the cleverest and funniest comedy sketches of all time. It also perfectly illustrates our undeniable need to let off steam. We all like to do it from time to time. No matter how much we enjoy our job, there will be occasions where you just want to let rip. It is both necessary and healthy provided it is done in the right way. However it is not normal to be given a conference platform to do so.
At the Technical Communications UK conference organized by the ISTC, it is proposing to allow us technical communicators to do exactly that. This slightly unorthodox conference session is open to one and all. The only rules are that you are only allowed three minutes and your topic must be related to technical communications. Other than that you can use your moment how you like. You could complain, canvass opinion, ask a question or share an idea.
Such an opportunity is one that should not be ignored, so I’ve applied to a slot. With only 40 minutes for the entire session and nearly 200 delegates attending, I’m sure the session will get heavily booked. What is more, as I’m presenting another session I’ll be (quite rightly) knocked down the list of potential contributors. Just as well, as I’ve started to put my mind to what to rant bout. As a man of a certain age I can find plenty to complain about, so that shouldn’t be difficult. Neither should talking and listening for three minutes, except that you’d have to make your point quickly and succinctly in order to get the required feedback.
How about 90 seconds of people shouting out one word to describe the technical communications industry in a negative light. That could be followed by the same but in a positive light. Maybe you could have a show of hands for a list of statements. For example, “Word or FrameMaker?”, “Home working or office working?”, “Tea or coffee”, “Technical Writer or Information Developer”, etc. If handled properly it could prove to be an enjoyable and informative session. After all what better profession is there for communicating in such a fashion. I just hope that, if I’m chosen, I can stop myself from taking the easy option and complaining.
Getting back to work after a 16 day vacation is never a pleasant experience. There are all those emails to catch up on and a queue of people wanting your time. As if that wasn’t bad enough, once you get home there is a pile of washing and ironing for a bit of light relief. Amongst the emails to catch up for me today were requests for meetings, project updates and news items from my contacts in the communication industry. One in particular caught my eye.
Adobe has announced the addition of a Technical Communications channel to their online TV network. What this means is that all technical communicators can get free training, inspiration, tips & tricks, interviews and information about Adobe products & services all from one place. However unlike an ordinary TV channel, it enables you to watch what you want, when you want and where you want.
Adobe TV is of course nothing new, it’s been around since 2008, but one of the exciting additions of this channel is the ease with which you can share content. Not satisfied with merely posting episodes, Adobe has added the ability to:
- Save episodes to your own library for viewing later.
- Add comments on the content.
- Embed the video into a blog.
- Share the content on FaceBook, Digg, Del.icio.us and Stumble Upon.
More and more content is being added to the channel in the coming weeks so I’d recommend you subscribe to it. You can find it at: