Navigating the Job Search Today

Speakers: Barbara Herzog, James Dittbrenner, Sylvan Von Burg, Susan Musich, Renée Barnow, and Tom Dezell
Location: NRECA Conference Center Directions to the event.

Register for this event through Cvent. Download a PDF of the event description and registration information.


* $5 for STC WDC Members and IEEE Members (this is a joint event)
* $15 for Non-members
* FREE for full-time student guest of a paid attendee (student guest must register)

Dinner included in event cost.

No matter where you are in your career, you should always be prepared to get back into the job market. Come learn the latest trends in the job search process and start laying the groundwork for your next job search. This event will be a progression. Each speaker will host a 25-minute roundtable discussion. At the end of each discussion, you will move to another table with a different topic and speaker. A pizza dinner will be served.

You will have time to attend four of the following six table topics, each offered by an expert on that topic:

* The Five Methods for Securing Interviews (Speaker: Barbara Herzog)
* Targeting Your Job Search and Effectively Using Career Fairs (Speaker: James Dittbrenner)
* Résumés and Job Search Communications (Speaker: Sylvan Von Burg)
* Using the Internet in the Job Search (Speaker: Susan Musich)
* Lost Your Job? Gain Control with Action Based Communication™ during the Interview (Speaker: Renée Barnow)
* Networking for the Nervous Novice or Naïve Job Seeker (Speaker: Tom Dezell)

If you have already registered through the Cvent site but have not yet paid, go to the registration page [disabled] to make a secure online payment through our PayPal page using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. Or, you may send a check made out to STC Washington, DC Chapter to

Steve Whitney
STC Washington DC Chapter
PO Box 11186
Takoma Park, MD 20913

Escaping Solitary Confinement: More Networking Tips for Freelancers, Work-at-Homers and Other Professionals

Speakers: Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King
Location: NRECA Conference Center Directions to the event:


* $15 for all
* FREE for full-time student guest of a paid attendee (student guest must register)

Join us for a night of networking tips from local successful freelancers Gabe Goldberg and Kristen King as they share advice on networking as a way to meet potential clients, employers, and colleagues, and as part of your overall marketing plan or career development strategy. In these economic times, every professional needs a broad network! Gabe and Kristen will offer tips for networking in person and online, including professional organizations, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Share your own networking strategies and experiences and practice your new skills in an evening of food, fun, and new friends.

Happy New Year’s Membership Appreciation Event Discount

The STC Washington, DC chapter appreciates its members, who power our organization. Members know that now is the time to renew your membership. A token of our appreciation for your renewal, or new membership, is a $5 discount towards any event of ours you attend from February through June 2009. The catch is that you must attend the January 13 event (6-8:30 p.m.) to receive the discount.

On January 13, Joe Welinske, president of WritersUA and an internationally known speaker on user assistance, will present “Software User Assistance: The Latest Trends, Tools and Technologies” at the NRECA conference center in Ballston (a Metro-accessible location).

To receive the discount, at the registration desk at the January 13 event, show your STC membership card or the email STC sent you when you renewed or joined. You will receive a discount code by email that you can use when registering online for any future event through June. For more information about the discount, contact Carolyn at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Events we plan to offer this spring include the competition awards banquet with keynote speaker Ginny Redish, a demonstration of MadCap Flare, a presentation about getting into information architecture, an interactive discussion about Wikinomics, and a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

To register for the January 13 event, click the Register link in the Cvent summary page. Download a PDF of the event description and registration information.

Not only will this event provide you with an excellent opportunity to network with others with an interest in technical communication but you will also enjoy a delicious dinner, which is included in the cost of the event (see fees below).

Most importantly, you will learn all this and more that evening:

  • The value of technical communication with mobile devices, including the iPhone
  • The impact of structured authoring and DITA
  • The convergence of technical communication and training
  • New job opportunities with API documentation and mash-ups
  • How web-apps have changed the rules for Help
  • New Help developments from Microsoft
  • Results of the latest WritersUA Skills and Technologies Survey
  • Social networking, the Google effect, and the Chrome browser

The fee to attend includes dinner. Fees are:
Chapter Volunteer: $10
STC WDC Member: $15
Nonmember: $20
Student: $10
Student Guest of Paid Attendee: Complimentary

Looking forward to seeing you on January 13! Thanks for supporting STC WDC, the Capital Chapter.

STC Mission

STC advances the theory and practice of technical communication across all user abilities and media so that both businesses and customers benefit from safe, appropriate, and effective use of products, information, and services.