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Of Daniel Friedman
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:46 AM
To: Dan Goldstein
Cc: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
Subject: Re: STC Certification
I'm not sure if Github has a similar forum for writers to get involved with
projects. You may just need to reach out to projects or submit "Issues" to
volunteer documentation to the project.
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:37 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:
> Daniel, I think your GitHub idea is a winner. SourceForge might also
> do the trick
> (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/documenters/). For new
> writers, having a portfolio is probably more important than having a
> Personally, I got into tech writing the easy way: I started out as an
> expat writer overseas, where skill counts for more than experience.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Friedman
> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:13 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein
> Cc: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
> Subject: Re: STC Certification
> I feel like this thread has gone extremely negative on the STC
> certification. It would be nice to present what you guys think are
> some good alternatives for someone new to the technical writing field
> or someone looking to make an upwards career move.
> FWIW, I think the main problem with the STC certification is that it
> is a general technical writing certificate, when most employers are
> looking for someone with (at least some) domain-specific knowledge.
> Someone starting out would probably be better served spending their
> time building portfolio pieces through school or by volunteering time
> to a non-profit or open-source projects on github.
> If certification was to be pursued, it might be better to go for certs
> in specific subject-domains relevant to the industries that you are
> trying to break into. For example, in IT it would show a good baseline
> of knowledge to get the COMPTIA A+ or the entry level Microsoft MCSE:
> Desktop Infastructure cert. I am not familiar with other industries,
> but I am sure there are similar courses/certifications for
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