April: Jump-Start Your Career Workshop

jack_molisaniJoin STC Chicago as we team up with STC Wisconsin for a Saturday morning development workshop in Grayslake, IL.

Our guest speaker is the distinguished Jack Molisani, career guru to technical and medical communicators. Jack will address two important topics:

Part I: Career advancement through personal branding

What’s special about you and how do you communicate it in a memorable way? Jack will explain how to energize your career by developing and marketing “Brand You”.

Part II: Honing your workplace negotiation skills

Do you know how to negotiate for what you want? In the second part of this workshop, Jack will demonstrate how to negotiate with confidence, whether you want a promotion, a project assignment, or just a new place for lunch.

Panel discussions

This workshop also includes two panel discussions.

What do Technical Publication managers look for in a candidate?

A panel of Technical Publication managers will talk about essential qualities they look for in a candidate when hiring. Come ready with questions.

LindaVLinda Verwey manages the Information Design and Development team at the FIS Milwaukee Brown Deer campus.  She is coordinating the implementation of the Content Technologies DITA Exchange solution on SharePoint, beginning the transition from traditional desktop publishing to an XML authoring methodology.

MKheadshot2-small-150x150MaryKay Grueneberg, currently a Tech Writer III at SAP, was a Tech Pubs hiring manager for 10 years at Apropos Technology. Since then, she has been responsible for recruiting and interviewing contract writers for individual projects at the companies she has worked for as a sole FT writer. At SAP, she is responsible for all documentation for a suite of 7 mobile products. Her most recent contract project was to design, create, and implement a customer wiki for her client using Confluence.

ElizabethBurkeElizabeth Burke is a career Technical Writer and Instructional Designer who built and managed Technical Publications teams at three separate companies in three different industries – intermodal transportation, financial-banking, and software development. All three teams consisted of both experienced and entry level team members and supported all divisions. Currently Elizabeth consults with several companies developing technical documentation and learning and development materials.

OliviaJordan-150x150Olivia Jordan is Senior Manager of Client Education for Enghouse Interactive. She responsible for managing the transfer of product knowledge to new clients as well as clients upgrading to the latest version of EI’s Contact Center Management software; this requires development of course materials and exercises.

Working with a recruiter

Join this panel discussion and learn how to form a productive relationship with a recruiter. Find out how you can help recruiters fill positions and how they can help you remain happily employed.

GinaA_RecruitingPanel-150x150Gina Arinyanontakoon is a Recruiting Manager with the CARA Group, Inc., a human performance consulting firm specializing in custom learning, change management and technical communication solutions for Fortune 500 organizations. Gina has more than eight years of experience sourcing and recruiting learning professionals for consulting projects at CARA’s clients.

Kristi-AldagKristi Aldag is currently an Independent Recruiting Consultant and is working at Career Education Corporation. She has 20 years of staffing experience within the creative, interactive and marketing industry, and has held sales/account management, recruiting and managerial positions at companies such as Aquent, Onward Search and The Boss Group.

Cost and Location

Saturday, April 20 at 8 am – 12:30 pm.

Comfort Suites Grayslake
Club Room
1775 E. Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

STC members: $25
Non-member: $50
Students: $15


8:00 AM –  Registration and coffee
8:15 AM  – Panel: What do Technical Publication Managers Look for in a Candidate?
9:00 AM – Career Advancement Through Personal Branding
10:00 AM – Break
10:15 AM – Honing Your Workplace Negotiation Skills
11:15 AM – Break 
11:30 AM – Panel: Working with a Recruiter
12:15 PM – Closing


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