I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked by graduates or individuals looking to transition into TechComm about how to get that first TechComm job. My answer is always the same: “Experience.” Predictably, the next question is always, “How do I get experience if no one will hire me because I have no experience?” My follow-up answer is always the same: “Volunteer.” For those of you already entrenched in TechComm, volunteering is a great way to expand your professional network, increase your visibility in the TechComm community, and learn a new skill set.
STC Houston is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:
- Programs Manager and Committee Members to help select topics and speakers for program meetings and other educational offerings. Involves contacting the speaker, setting the date, and publicity (with the publicity committee).
- Newsletter Editor to manage STC Houston’s online newsletter. Involves soliciting articles from authors and other online sources, as well as editing, publishing, and publicizing the newsletter and moderating article comments.
- Social Media Manager and Committee to post information to our various social media platforms. Involves using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
- Membership Manager to reach out to current members, welcome new members, and invite not-yet members. Involves using email and personal contact as well as downloading membership reports.
If you would be interested in one of these positions, contact Cindy Pao (president), President of STC Houston.
Yvonne Wade Sanchez
STC Houston Newsletter Editor and Social Media Manager