Wednesday 3rd October, 2012
10:10am to 10:50am
Let’s face it, selling yourself as a Technical Author that can do great value added things for a company is hard. However, there are practical things Authors can do to help market themselves, their achievements or their capabilities…well! In this session we will explore various aspects of how to make a better job of selling what you do. We’ll understand the preferred career style of an individual; are you a contractor by nature, a freelancer or a Permy, and what’s the difference! Does it matter? What characteristics do you need to be successful in these different roles and how does each market itself successfully? And what about LinkedIn? having a web site? tweeting? and selling yourself to your colleagues and peers more effectively? There are so many things you could do – but equally many you probably shouldn’t! And we’ll look at CVs of course, as being an Author, yours will be superb won’t it? We’ll also explore different skill sets and experiences of authors that clients typically look for and spend a little time asking if the hiring company really care about what it is they want you to do for them. For unless you get to the bottom of this, you will probably be entering another role where you will find yourself crying out again “I am not valued!” and the frustrations begin all over again. Whether you want to impress more at your current employer or you would like to be better prepared to look for your next role, albeit as a permy, contractor or freelancer, I hope you will gain some helpful tips from this session.
I am the Operations & Marketing Manager for 3di Information Solutions: Technical Writing | Information Design | Consultancy | Translation | Localization | bio from Twitter
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