Office Politics and the Technical Writer

Due to the nature of our work and the differences of opinions about what we do, technical writers must be especially aware of office politics and how to handle them.

In her book, Office Politics, Marilyn Haight defines office politics like this: “Office politics is the use of one’s individual or assigned power within an employing organization for the purpose of obtaining advantages beyond one’s legitimate authority.” (Boldface mine) Continue reading Office Politics and the Technical Writer

Over 50? How to get a job in IT

IT Job Hunting at 50: Stress Value of Your Experience (via Dice News in Tech)

As an older worker, it’s easy to go off recalling the “old days” and how things have – or haven’t — changed. “I remember a really fun interview a few years ago with a software developer I had worked with way back in the IBM 3090 timesharing…


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Making a Strong Pitch in Your Cover Letter

Making a Strong Pitch in Your Cover Letter (via Dice News in Tech)

After telling reviewers that you’re the ideal candidate for the job in the opening paragraph of your cover letter, you have to prove it. That’s what the second and third paragraphs are about. The Second Paragraph After a brief segue that describes what’s to come, highlight three or four relevant…