Where do you go from here?

I remember one company where I worked – a very large multinational that has a meatball for its logo – where they considered hiring all us contractors on as staff members. We were asked if we were interested.  We mostly all said yes, we had nice interviews, and then – then…………

………well, they decided not to hire any of us.  Why?  “You’re not engineers – there’d be nowhere for you to advance in this company.”

Our profession needs to sit down with HR people and give them the straight goods on the multiple skills, talents and capacities of technical communicators.  Most of us are what author Barbara Sher calls “scanners” – people who refuse to do just one thing.

Paths for advancement?  Just let us at them – we’ll figure the rest out for ourselves, Mr. or Ms. HR…

First Rant

I am a technical communicator.

“So what is it, exactly, that you do?”  I hear this a lot from people, even people that know me for many years.

It used to be easier to explain:  “You know, those manuals that come with products, or software, you know, the ones nobody ever reads?  Well, I write them.”

Except, I don’t anymore.  My profession has become something transcendental, mysterious if not actually mystical.  It is a great way to learn all kinds of new skills, and to mix three things that are my passion:  Communication, Culture and Technology.

It is a great profession, and a great time to be in this profession.  And that’s what this blog is about.