June 5, 2012 notes from STC-CWC Consultants and Independent Contractors meetup
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Tuesday June 5, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Blenz Coffee, Metrotown, Burnaby
Organized by Linda Farnworth
Attending: Linda, Bonnie, Barry, Heather, Mike, Josh, Christine, John, Moise, Pam

Roundtable intros and update on homework from May.
Linda showed her portfolio inspired from Douglas College student portfolio exhibit.
Christine gave update on blog name and content.
Heather raised discussion about whether or not to use photo in LinkedIn profile
Josh announced the happy result of long interview process including providing 5 references.

Discussed possible technical writing opportunities.

John (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) mentioned there might be an opportunity with him and emailed this information about the position:
We need a writer to edit and format word documents, as well as transform legacy slides into a structured (eg xml) format for better reuse. Applicant needs to be a good writer and have some familiarity with structured authoring.
We may be also looking for a writer to use the DITA standard for context sensitive help, but this requirement is not imminent and if DITA is used, skills may be learned on the job.

Christine also mentioned a possible 6-8 month contract with Chris being the contact person. She also reports that it looks like Chris added his job on the STC CWC Job Postings page - posting #946. Here is the information she passed on: These are some basics he’s looking for, but he has a much longer list, which I’m sure he’ll share with people who ask. Thanks!

email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Needs 3-5 writers for contract of 6-8 months
Policy and procedure writing for call centre
DITA and Information Mapping experience
Minimum 5 years experience
Certificate / Degree in technical writing
Work from home, available online 9am-5pm
Available for frequent online or phone meetings, sometimes with little notice

Good luck!
Linda is on vacation so Bonnie will organize CIC coffee networking group through summer. See everyone next month.

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