by Deborah Long 

The Galleria area networking group has been meeting regularly for lunch on the last Tuesday of the month at Barry’s Pizza on Richmond at Fountainview, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The group enjoys lively conversation about whatever comes to mind in the realm of technical communications, hiring trends, current events, etc. Each time, a core of approximately the same six individuals tends to show up, plus newcomers who are looking for job assignments and, in some cases, just plain old camaraderie amongst colleagues working in the “neighborhood.”

Last month, Ryan Bernard of Wordmark Associates attended with hopes of recruiting available tech writers for current openings. And this month, a recruiter from TekSystems plans to join us as he also attempts to fill positions. So, you could say from this resurgence of activity that Houston’s job market is alive and well.

Note that the luncheon is not exclusively for STC members, nor do you have to work in the area … all established and aspiring technical communicators are welcome to join us. Part of the fun for more experienced folks and even retirees is to mentor future tech writers. That’s the part I enjoy the most! Well, the pizza is good, too.

Deborah is a contract technical writer/editor who has been in the business for over 20 years, serving the oil&gas, petrochemical, engineering, medical, software, and hardware industries in Houston and S. California. Currently, she is working in marketing communications at Schlumberger where her main duty is to develop case studies about exploration and production software products in use around the world.

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