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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
barriebyron has written 88 posts for Barrie Byron's blog

Where to find technical communication talent

I like to connect industry professionals with people that they want to know. This updated blog post is inspired by the frequent incoming emails from recruiters and hiring managers that are looking for technical communication talent. I often receive  requests like “How can I reach qualified technical communication candidates for this job?” and “Do you know … Continue reading

Tech comm job search resources

On a regular basis, industry peers, friends, and their friends ask me “do you know of a technical writing job?” or “is your company hiring?” or “can you give me some job search tips?” From many years of answering these questions, I’ve maintained this work-in-progress how to find tech comm jobs blog post that I first published … Continue reading

Where’s my office? At my keyboard in different places

  An alternate version of this article was published in the Off Hours column in the April 2015 edition of the Society for Technical (STC) magazine Intercom. By Barrie Byron, STC Associate Fellow My commute to work is either very short or very long. On my short commutes, I embrace much gratitude as I stroll … Continue reading

Personalize your geography on LinkedIn

By default, our LinkedIn profile geography is our geographic region, not the specific city we live. LinkedIn divides all global areas into geographic regions. Using geographic regions gives members a better idea of where we’re located, especially when we are not familiar with the area. You can choose a geographic region or select a city … Continue reading

LinkedIn success tip: Make it personal

Earlier this week, I presented on “Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn” to the members and guests of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro Chapter. I am grateful to the current STC NY Metro President Nitza Hauser for making me welcome and preparing everything in advance. Nitza works at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in Manhattan. … Continue reading

Want to learn something? Offer to teach it

When I want to learn a new skill or sharpen a familiar skill, I offer to teach someone else. The best gift that I can give is my time, talent, and attention. The best reason to give the gift is to help someone else and pay it forward. An unexpected reward is the glow of … Continue reading

Use LinkedIn to be great at the job you already have

Over the past five years, I’ve presented on LinkedIn to a variety of audiences. I always enjoy learning what’s new on LinkedIn, and how changes to their pillar product serve the 10 million plus members. On March 18, I’m presenting to the Society for Technical Communication (STC) NY Metro chapter “Using the Power of LinkedIn” … Continue reading

So, you want to go to a tech comm conference?

I am an Associate Fellow and active member and volunteer in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). I participate in chapter-level programs as a speaker, organizer, and meeting attendee. I am happily serving in two volunteer leadership roles at the international level. This participation keeps me well-connected in the technical communication industry, especially with my … Continue reading

A great hat is universal

How often do we hear the adage “Use the right tool for the job”? In practice, few people seem to be able to pick the right tool, because they don’t know enough different tools. Experience helps us identify, select, and acquire the right tools for each job. Which brings me to the subject of hats. … Continue reading

How to find tech comm jobs

At least once a month, my friends and their friends will ask me “do you know of a technical writing job?” or “is your company hiring” or “can you give me some job search tips.” From many years of answering these questions, I’ve crafted this work-in-progress list. Updated 2016 post and more resources here. If you … Continue reading