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How to reach tech comm candidates

I like to connect industry professionals with people that they want to know.

This blog post is inspired by the numerous requests for “How can I reach qualified technical communication candidates for this job?” and “Do you know anyone for this job?”

At least once per week, I get asked “Can you forward this job opportunity to qualified candidates?” The frequency of inquiries indicates that our economy is on a recovery trend. More job openings are always good for our industry. My friend and industry icon Jack Molisani says “Rising tides float more boats.” I like to help people, so connecting candidates and hiring managers is a real win for everyone.

Because of my home offices in NJ and FL, the resources provided here are based on these geographies. However, you can adapt these ideas to your own requirements.

TechWhirl’s website http://techwhirl.com/careers/

You can post a job for free. Job postings auto-expire in a few weeks. We received many responses to a Rocket Software information developer posting.

TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels. TechWhirl is a platform for professionals 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 are created for, by, and about technical writers offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.

Tech Writer Jobs www.techwriterjobs.net

With 6,200 members in the Tech Writer Jobs group on LinkedIn, recruiters and hiring managers can post a job on www.techwriterjobs.net and choose the “Post ad on social media – LinkedIn” option. Learn more at http://www.techwriterjobs.net/post-a-job/

I respond to every inquiry, with an email message similar to the following message:

“Opportunities like this one are welcome news! I am happily employed, but I do have many peers and connections in our industry. I recommend that you post the job on …”

STC Chapters

And provide the appropriate geography lead for the STC chapter. Many STC chapters are using LinkedIn groups to manage their job postings.

PA, NJ, and DE: STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter LinkedIn group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=104514. You can auto-join the group to post this job and future opportunities. This group reaches our STC Philadelphia Metro members in NJ, PA, and DE, as well as any LinkedIn group members

Southeast FL: STC Palm Beaches Chapter LinkedIn group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?jobs=&gid=1897153

Job postings on LinkedIn groups auto-expire in 17 days.

NYC, NJ, CT, and surrounding areas: STC NY Metro web site http://www.stcnymetro.org/home/jobs.

Massachusett-based NinaNet-Writers Group

Members of this group are people in the technical communications field in, for the most part, the greater Boston area and southern New Hampshire.

The group’s primary reason for being is for posting New England-based (and ONLY New England-based, please) job notices of interest to information designers such as technical writers, editors, usability specialists, course developers, instructional designers, and so on.
Note: I landed my current location independent job lead from this group listing, so miracles do happen!

The group Web site http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ninanet-writers/ requires a Yahoo! account. To contact the group moderator, send email to: ninanet-writers-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Other job posting sites?

Do you know of other job posting sites? Let me know and I will share here.

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About barriebyron

Innovative, DITA-using information developer specializing in presenting complex ideas in ways that are clear and concise. Persistent optimist, intrepid adventurer, mentor. Builder of relationships, connecting friends and peers to people they want to know. Toastmaster, social duct tape, and generator of goodwill. Follow me on twitter @barriebyron

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