Many tech writers still believe that the best way to build their networks is to hand out their business cards to everyone they make small talk with at conferences. However, the most proven way to make networking work for writers and their careers is for them to build sustained relationships with peers in their professional field, and in their community.
The Best Way to Find a Job
Not only will attending STC San Diego events help you build relationships with San Diego tech writers– you’ll be adding personal job value and advancing your career.
According to LinkedIn, professionals can expect to earn about 6 percent more when they are hired as a result of a referral. As a general rule, people look to their networks first when hiring or looking for contracts and consultants. The network you build at an STC event won’t just propel you in your career–it will give you a professional sounding board and inspire you to think in new ways about common issues.
Improve Your Skills, Improve the Field
Networking is a place to build professional connections, and it’s also an avenue to exchange ideas and advance personal knowledge. STC San Diego is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional development in order to help writers network while they gain insight into development in the industry.
It is a simple truth that technical writers must keep pace with their rapidly evolving roles and job expectations as the industry moves online. As of 2016, trends show that hiring managers are looking for technical writers who can fill more than one role, whether as programmers, quality-assurance testers, or project managers.
It’s becoming even more important to gain professional knowledge and experience in order to sustain a career in technical communications. Come join STC San Diego at our monthly local events to give yourself a stronger foothold in the industry!