3 May 2011 notes from STC-CWC Consultants and Independent Contractors meetup
Posted: 05 May 2011 02:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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7:00 to 8:15 at Tim Hortons, 200 Burrard St., lower level food court

Attending: Judith, Josh, Heather, Sera, Ariel, Maria, Pam

Organized by Ben Hechter who sent regrets



Attendees (and recent CIC attendees) receive emailed notes. Notes also are posted to the Contractors forum 
http://www.stcwestcoast.ca/index.php/forums/viewforum/15/

Job announcements
 
⁃  postings on the STC-CWC job board
 
⁃  referrals from Ben, Rahel, Grant

Randstad Engineering is looking for tech writers to fill several full time contract positions.
John Yamazaki, Randstad Engineering,  604.915.9333, http://www.randstad.com
555 West 12th Avenue Suite 475 - West Tower, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3X7

City of Vancouver has multiple positions for Web Projects Coordinators and Web Publishing Specialists, your basic writing / content strategy jobs, long-term contract work, http://vancouver.ca/humanresources/jobs/index.htm

Discussion
⁃  for tax purposes, what happens when you have U.S. clients?
 
⁃  finding the ‘positive’ in a request to recommend a colleague’s ill-regarded work
 
⁃  tactics on how to follow up at the close of an interview
 
⁃  receiving swag after the interview—is this a consolation prize?
 
⁃  stale job postings that turn urgent—if you’ve only waited for a few months don’t worry
⁃  question the agency that takes $65 and pays you $35/hr
 
⁃  if the recruiter doesn’t keep you in the loop don’t waste your time
⁃  Business Network International can be a costly network to buy in to and a risky way to buy services
⁃  join the STC Canada West Coast LinkedIn group to get job updates
 
⁃  Targeted Wage Subsidy Program, a federally funded assistance program covers a portion of a tech writers wage, http://fwt.bc.ca/jobseeker-sciencelink.php
⁃  Future Works Training Inc. a pilot project to prepare technology workers, http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/cs/comm/news/2003/030508.shtml
⁃  ongoing competition to snag contracts but also to share leads
 
⁃  ongoing debate on how to pronounce ISO

Next meeting

Tuesday September 6, 2011


The May meeting concludes regular gathering for this season. We usually take the summer off but for those who want to meet informally please post replies to the Contractors forum, http://www.stcwestcoast.ca/index.php/forums/viewforum/15/

Location: To be announced
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