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Monday, April 18th, 2011
1:02 pm
[mckitterick]
tech-writing job in Wichita, KS
Here's a job tip from a former student:

I've just accepted a new job in Kansas City, but I was hoping you could let the technical writing students know about the job I'm leaving. It's an entry level technical writer position in Wichita, KS at Pixius Communications, LLC, an Internet service provider that focuses mainly on rural areas. The tech writer would be responsible for documenting a number of software programs created at Pixius, as well as doing some software testing, and other special projects. The full job description and can be found by clicking the the link to the job posting below.

Interested candidates can apply online here: http://www.nationjob.com/job/PCLL23.

I've really enjoyed the time I've spent working at Pixius, and I've had a lot of great opportunities that I know I couldn't have gotten at a larger company.

Best,
Chris
1:01 pm
[mckitterick]
tech-writing job in Wichita, KS
Tip from a former student:

I've just accepted a new job in Kansas City, but I was hoping you could let the technical writing students know about the job I'm leaving. It's an entry level technical writer position in Wichita, KS at Pixius Communications, LLC, an Internet service provider that focuses mainly on rural areas. The tech writer would be responsible for documenting a number of software programs created at Pixius, as well as doing some software testing, and other special projects. The full job description and can be found by clicking the the link to the job posting below.

Interested candidates can apply online here.

I've really enjoyed the time I've spent working at Pixius, and I've had a lot of great opportunities that I know I couldn't have gotten at a larger company.

Best,
Chris
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
1:21 am
[evgenyhs]
HelpSmith 3.3 is Available for Download
Divcom Software is pleased to announce the release of HelpSmith 3.3. HelpSmith is a powerful help authoring tool for quick creation of professional help systems (HTML Help, Web Help), Printed Manuals, and PDF documents. The new version includes improved Unicode support, the ability to use Flash and QuickTime animations, better compatibility of Web Help with Google Chrome, and other new features.

HelpSmith constantly receives positive feedback from its users due to its simplicity in use combined with a professional feature set, and comparatively low price. We hope you will also find it useful.

HelpSmith Main Window:



HTML Help and Web Help Systems created with HelpSmith:

HTML Help Sample

Web Help Sample


HelpSmith is available as a FREE evaluation copy. The product includes sample help projects which you can use for testing purposes. In addition, we have technical articles on integrating a help system with different development environments and languages (C#, VB.NET, Delphi, etc.).

You can learn more and download HelpSmith 3.3 using the links below:

Home Page: http://www.helpsmith.com
Screenshots: http://www.helpsmith.com/screenshots.php
Download: http://www.helpsmith.com/download.php
What's New in HelpSmith 3.3: http://blog.helpsmith.com
Thursday, July 8th, 2010
12:41 am
[mckitterick]
contract-to-hire tech-writer job
Hi folks -

Just heard about a great new opportunity. Contract-to-hire is a great way to prove yourself at a company; it's low-risk for both parties and a nice way for new writers to make a name for themselves. Here is the job description:

Talent Recruiters, Inc. is searching for a Technical Writer for a six month contract-to-hire in Minneapolis, MN.

The right candidate will have previous demonstrable experience as a technical writer and will be responsible for preparing User Guides, documentation, Support Guides and Sharepoint documentation.

Interested?

Please send your resume in WORD format to Lou at
Lou@TalentRecruiters.net and give him a call: 303.539.9350


Best,
Chris
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
8:48 am
[mckitterick]
tech-writing humor
And now for something completely different. Dr. Boli makes an announcement: Pity the lonely technical writer!

Enjoy!
Chris
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
1:42 pm
[mckitterick]
Paid summer tech-writing internship
Technical-writing opportunity:

K&M Systems is looking for an undergraduate or graduate student who is very good at technical writing. We are developing corporate procedures for a wireless company called Cricket Communications and want the technical material we are putting together be as high of quality as possible.

We will supply the technical inputs and draft material. The candidate will be working with one of our senior technicians and helping us wordsmith and structure the documents for maximum clarity and correctness.

The position is full time over the Summer.

Candidates can email me directly at mark@kmswireless.com or call my cell phone at 619-392-0642 if they have more questions.

Kind regards,
Mark Majernik

Paid internships are great because you not only get the great experience of on-the-job training but also, well, cash buckies *g* Good luck!

Chris
1:20 pm
[mckitterick]
technical writing jobs at Perceptive Software
Job opportunities from a former KUTC student:

The Technical Writing team on at Perceptive Software has two new positions available. It's a great team and company. In fact, the Kansas City Business Journal lists Perceptive Software as one of the best places to work.

The team wants writers with 3 to 5 years of experience working on documentation for software products. The job description is available here.

Perceptive Software offers recruiting incentives to employees, so applicants are encouraged to include my name in their cover letters :) (Shannon Wills).

Best,
Chris
1:18 pm
[mckitterick]
summer tech-writing internship
Here's a technical writing internship opportunity from a former KUTC student:

There's a technical writing internship at Perceptive Software. Click here to see the internship description.

Best,
Chris
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
11:17 am
[mckitterick]
two technical writing jobs in Kansas City
Just got this notice from a former tech-writing student:

The technical writing team I work on at Perceptive Software has two new positions available. It's a great team and company. In fact, the Kansas City Business Journal lists Perceptive Software as one of the best places to work.

The team wants writers with 3 to 5 years of experience working on documentation for software products. The job description is available here.

Perceptive Software offers recruiting incentives to employees, so applicants are encouraged to include my name in their cover letters (Shannon Wills). :)

Looks like a good place to work!
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
12:27 pm
[mckitterick]
tech-writing jobs at Garmin
Garmin, International has a couple of jobs for technical writers:

Consumer Products Technical Writer
Web Content Writer

Both positions require a Bachelors in English and are located in Olathe, Kansas. The job numbers are 09000DM for the Technical Writing and 09000CG for the Web Writer. Here's a link to Garmin's job search site.

Good luck!
Chris
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
12:02 pm
[mckitterick]
tech-comm job opportunity at KU
Hi folks -

This could be a really neat item to put on your resume:

Employment Opportunity for Students

The communications department of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is looking for one (possibly two) multi-talented individuals to work as a student assistant. We provide web, print, graphics and imaging support (photo and video) for Research and Graduate Studies endeavors in addition to organizing special events to promote research at KU. Assistance is needed in all areas.

This is a good opportunity for someone with writing, web, imaging or graphics skills to gain experience working in these areas. If you’ve got good English and computer skills, with strong willingness and ability to learn, this is an opportunity to gain an introduction to a variety of areas.

The department is located in Youngberg Hall on West Campus near a Park & Ride bus stop.

For more information and to apply, go to https://jobs.ku.edu and read our posting listed under the department name of "KUCR Student Hourly." The direct link is https://jobs.ku.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=91484.
Friday, December 26th, 2008
1:55 pm
[mckitterick]
looking for work?
If so, I highly recommend that you start looking at a temp agency. A short-term contract can be a great foot in the door for a possible future hire, plus it pays the bills while looking for permanent work. In this job climate, finding a temporary contract is a lot more likely to happen than finding a full-time position.

Best,
Chris
Friday, June 6th, 2008
2:33 pm
[mckitterick]
copyediting position with the UN
This looks really interesting:
____
The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of copy editor with the following objectives:

- Provide editing, proofreading and other required services for all of the Institute’s English-language documentation, including but not limited to: i) publications (research reports, training manuals/guides, annual and other institutional reports, country profiles, fact sheets, etc.); ii) Website content; iii) News items (press releases, fact sheets, human interest stories, etc.); and other materials (presentations, correspondence, etc.) as needed.

- As language capacity allows, provide translation services from Spanish to English for a variety of materials.

The ideal candidate will have a university-level degree or diploma or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience in technical writing and editing, documentation design and technical communication web publishing, Two to three years of demonstrable work experience with editing/proofreading, technical writing and editing, documentation design and technical communication web publishing, preferably related to gender and/or development issues in an international context. Excellent writing and editing skills in English are essential. Experience with translation from Spanish to English would also be a significant asset.

From the full job description:
UN-INSTRAW Vacancy Announcement - (6 June 2008)
JOB DESCRIPTION
1. General information:
Post title: UN-INSTRAW Copy Editor
Type of appointment: Consultancy
Duration: 5 months initially, with possibility of extension
Date required: 15 July 2008
Duty station: Dominican Republic

2. Supervision:
Direct/general supervision will be provided by the UN-INSTRAW Information Officer.
Content and methodology of the supervision: The incumbent will present periodic reports to the
supervisor on the activities undertaken. In addition, periodic meetings will be held with the supervisors in order to assess progress and performance.

3. Duties, responsibilities and output expectations:
The consultant will provide editing, proofreading and other required services for all of the Institute’s English-language documentation, including but not limited to: i) publications (research reports, training manuals/guides, annual and other institutional reports, country profiles, fact sheets, etc.); ii) Website content; iii) News items (press releases, fact sheets, human interest stories, etc.); and other materials (presentations, correspondence, etc.) as needed. The consultant may also provide translation services from Spanish to English as requested for a variety of materials.

4. Qualifications and Experience
Education: University-level degree or diploma or an equivalent combination of academic and professional experience in technical writing and editing, documentation design and technical communication web publishing.

Languages: Excellent writing and editing skills in English are essential. Proficiency in Spanish, with ability to translate from Spanish to English, would also be a significant asset.

Work experience: Two to three years of demonstrable work experience with editing/proofreading, technical writing and editing, documentation design and technical communication web publishing, preferably related to gender and/or development issues in an international context. Experience with translation from Spanish to English would also be a significant asset.

The successful candidates will possess the following competencies:
Professionalism - Ability to manage processes, maintain accurate records, interpret/analyze a wide variety of information, and present summaries as required.
Commitment - to achieving the goal of gender equality and empowerment of women by ensuring the inclusion of relevant aspects in to every activity.
Planning and Organizing – Demonstrates effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner.
Technological Awareness – Fully proficient in various office and other IT applications.
Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Communication – Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
5. How to Apply
Please send, by e-mail or fax, a detailed CV, cover letter describing your qualifications for the position and a brief (no more than 4 pages) writing sample by 30 June 2008 to:
UN-INSTRAW
Cesar Nicolás Penson 102-A
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fax: (809) 685-2117
E-mail: applications@un-instraw.org
Website: http://www.un-instraw.org/
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview during the period 1 to 15 July 2008. UN-INSTRAW will not respond to enquiries over the phone.
6. Background Information UN-INSTRAW is a United Nations entity mandated to develop research and training programmes that contribute to the empowerment of women and the achievement of gender equality worldwide. Through alliance building with UN Member States, international organizations, academia, civil society, the private sector and other actors, UN-INSTRAW:
· Undertakes action-oriented research from a gender perspective that has a concrete impact on policies, programmes and projects;
· Creates synergies for knowledge management and information exchange;
· Strengthens the capacities of key stakeholders to integrate gender perspectives in policies,
programmes and projects; and
· Builds a sustainable, transparent and efficient institution UN-INSTRAW is governed by an Executive Board composed of ten Member States. These Member States are elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for a three-year term. They can be reelected for one further term. The Director of the Institute, the Under-Secretary- General for Economic and Social Affairs, a representative of the Host Country, Dominican Republic, and a representative of each of the regional commissions of the ECOSOC serve as ex-officio members of the Board.

For more information about UN-INSTRAW, please visit: http://www.un-instraw.org

Thank you very much,
Hilary Anderson
_____
Good luck!
Chris
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
2:09 am
[jeanean]
HELP!!! with Tech Writing Classes
I'm currently enrolled in a tech writing class and we are writing a writing style guide for our college students and faculty as a class project. I am in the group covering visual elements. Unfortunately, the 2 guys in my group with me are "wing it" kinda guys so we have a really weak outline. I'm currently discussing bulleted and enumerated lists and graphs, tables, and charts. I am looking on recommendations for other visual elements to discuss as I need to total 15 pages (3 sections of 5 pages). Does anyone have an recommendations?h
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
7:38 pm
[mckitterick]
Andrews McMeel Publishing internship

Hi folks -

Here's an internship opportunity:

 Andrews McMeel Publishing Publicity Internship Overview

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
* AMP's publicity department offers unpaid college internships for 3
courses of study: English, Journalism, and Communications.

* A $500 stipend is awarded upon successful completion of internship.
* During each semester, interns spend about 60% of their time doing work directly

   related to their fields of study and 40% spent on tasks required by the

   department that may or may not be related to their studies.
* Interns' time is managed by the department's intern supervisor. Interns adhere

   to a weekly schedule produced by the intern supervisor in accordance with

   students' availability, internship objectives, and department needs.
* Internships are approximately 16 hours per week and worth equivalent credit

   hours per sponsoring university's guidelines.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIRE
* Hard-working, self-motivated, poised, articulate team player
* Work history that demonstrates a solid work ethic
* Proficiency in typing, word processing, email, and Internet
* Fluency and literacy in the English language
* 60 hours of college credit
* GPA of 3.2 or above

INTERNSHIP OBJECTIVES
* Acquire an overall view of the publishing industry
* Learn to write descriptively, concisely, and persuasively
* Write and design press releases
* Gain a basic understanding of media markets and publications
* Achieve professional development in a business setting
* Become attentive to detail and demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines
* Autonomously balance and prioritize daily tasks and ongoing projects

REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE CREDIT
* Work product will include:
    * 5 - 6 press releases
    * 1 - 2 targeted publicity mailings
    * 1 -2 special projects

TO APPLY, PLEASE SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:
Shelly Barkes, Publicity
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 4520 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: 800.851.8923, ext. 6818 * Fax: 816.931.5018

Email: sbarkes@amuniversal.com


***DEADLINE FOR SUMMER APPLICANTS IS APRIL 11, 2008***

8:35 am
[mckitterick]
job opportunity at Perceptive Software

Former student Ryan Block has let me know about a technical-writing job at Perceptive Software (in Shawnee, Kanas - basically it's Kansas City), where he works. The job title is "Knowledge Engineer," which sounds cool. Here's the job description:

Perceptive Software created ImageNow document management, imaging and workflow to form a direct and effortless connection between customers, colleagues and the documents they need to simplify their daily business processes. Armed with a patented integration technology, Perceptive Software is an aggressive and fast-growing competitor in the document management marketplace.

Perceptive Software's Technical Services Team is responsible for addressing the companies business needs through technology. We are currently seeking a Knowledge Engineer to assist the team in building content and technology to support the company's knowledge management and customer support initiatives.

This position has the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and edit technical documentation for the technical services team
  • Analyze metrics and user feedback to make content creation and improvement plans
  • Administer search/knowledgebase tools to improve 'findability' of knowledge
  • Identify and leverage existing knowledge repositories to ensure effective content is delivered
  • Prepare reports associated with knowledge management and share with appropriate stakeholders
  • Gather technology requirements through user feedback and data analysis
  • Manage the release of requirements for assigned knowledge management applications
  • Prepare requirements, test cases and other project documentation for assigned projects
  • Maintain working relationships with subject matter experts and personnel within Technical Services and across the organization

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills:

  • 1-2 years technical writing experience
  • experience maintaining a knowledgebase and/or search technology
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • strong organizational skills
  • self motivated
  • experience developing or prototyping software solutions
  • proven experience working in a software development environment
  • the ability to create and maintain project documentation including requirements, interface design, specifications, test cases and product roadmaps
  • experience in conducting or participating in usability studies
  • ability to work with business stakeholders to understand business process and develop

Plus Skills

  • Technology: Lotus Notes, Google Search Appliance, HTML, XML, XSL
  • Operating Systems: Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista, Unix (Solaris, HP/UX, AIX), Linux
  • Application Software: Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes
  • Web Application Software: JRun, Tomcat, WebSphere, WebLogic, IIS
  • Hardware: Peripheral installation & configuration (scanners, SCSI cards, SCSI devices, fax boards).

There you go! Note the responsibilities section closely parallels what we do in English 562.

If you apply for the job, Ryan asks that you let them know he originated the referral. Good luck!

Best,
Chris

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
5:11 pm
[mckitterick]
Press internships in Rep. Boyda's office
This just in from a friend who works with Rep. Boyda:

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

U.S. Representative Nancy Boyda is the Democratic Congresswoman from the Kansas Second Congressional District, which includes Topeka, Leavenworth, Manhattan, and most of northeast and southeast Kansas. Rep. Boyda's Topeka office is currently seeking candidates for the position of Communications Intern.

This internship will provide broad experience in legislative communications, press relations, and the development of media strategy for a Congressional office. Duties will include compiling press clips, researching legislative issues, drafting constituent communications, organizing press files, and other tasks as needed or directed.

The successful candidate will have superb research, writing, and communications skills; a strong familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite; excellent time management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines and prioritize projects; and a desire to learn about the operations of a Congressional office. Interns are expected to work 10-20 hours per week in the Topeka office. Academic credit and/or a stipend may be arranged.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two brief, relevant writing samples (500-1000 words each) to thomas.seay@mail.house.gov by February 4th at 5:00 p.m. Early applications are strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Thomas Seay at (785) 234-8111.

Best,
Chris
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
3:06 pm
[mckitterick]
job opportunity at Overlap
Hello, technical communicators -

I got this job announcement from a former student who works at Overlap.com:

Lead software engineer and web developer

Top notch Java engineer with proven application development expertise using .NET framework. A strong focus on web application development. Excellent analytical/troubleshooting and debugging skills. You will work on next generation data management products that transform financial investing. Based on real-time event processing, distributed caching, and continuous querying of high volume data streams, this product enables our company to capture perishable opportunities that others miss. Company works with many technologies including: continuous querying/stream processing; materialized views; multi-query optimization; query parsing/planning/optimization; temporal querying; distributed querying; scalable distributed data structures; concurrent data structures; main-memory databases; distributed fault-tolerance paradigms; SQL, XQuery, OLAP/Data mining; peer to peer network topologies and overlay routing networks. We need someone with experience in these areas, and with a broad knowledge of Java technologies.

Functions

Participate in specification, design, implementation, QA testing, evangelism and support of new features in the product, as well as improving existing features and product performance.
Will periodically help adapt our software to customer needs (infrequent travel may be required).
Document your work, as well as follow good Javadoc practices.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

BS in Computer Science or equivalent, with coursework in distributed systems.
Expert Java programming skills (4+ years concurrent programming, testing, and profiling).
J2SE experience.
Multi-threaded web development experience.
Proven ability to design, model, implement, and test high performance software for mission critical industries.
Customer-focused history of designing, delivering, and supporting practical software products and target real world problems.
Proven ability to master new technology and application domains (e.g. financial, scientific, and industrial).
Keen understanding of state-of-the-art techniques and trends in data management.

If you have the skills required for this position, email your resume to Andy Gustafson.

Best,
Chris
Friday, August 31st, 2007
11:30 am
[mckitterick]
Technical Communication program at KU
Hi folks -

So I finished a revision to the KUTC site and would like to hear what you think of it. If you were a current or potential student, or someone interested in collaborating with us via an internship at your workplace, does this address your needs?

Thank you!

Best,
Chris
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
10:24 am
[mckitterick]
student job: website manager and more
Here's one for current KU students. Sounds like interesting work and good experience for future technical writers:

____
We are advertising through the Student Employment Center for a student assistant to work 20 hours per week. The student will work 10 hours for American Studies with the following duties: compile information to update website, including graduate and undergraduate information, American Studies Association sites; update affiliated faculty information; collect information and compose newsletter for alumni; assist with graduate student database; receptionist for faculty and students; answer telephone; filing; mail distribution; schedule meetings; general office duties, and 10 hours for Latino Studies with the following duties: compile information for website, including minor requirements and current course offerings; update affiliated faculty information; assist with Conference organization; assist with basic advising duties for minor; aid with paperwork associated with minor. This is a nine-month appointment and pays $10.00 per hour.

If you have any students in mind, please encourage them to apply online at the Student Employment Center. The job has a closing date of September 4.
____

Good luck!
Chris
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