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Using the Internet as a Career Tool

One of the great unintended consequences of the Internet and Worldwide Web is the creation of the ultimate career tool. At your fingertips is a wealth of information about careers, companies, networking possibilities and even the jobs themselves. If you know what you're looking for, you can clarify your job goals, target specific companies and geographic regions, even train yourself for a new career.

Your goal in this conference is to create a useful career resource for yourself. This resource should be a Word document that contains the following:

Assignment: How long should this document be? I have some familiarity with many of these fields. Truthfully speaking, you could easily fill up 30 pages with this kind of stuff as you conduct your job search. During my last job search, I ended up with over 100 pages. Regardless of page count, be sure to ask these questions about every source you visit:

Sample: Organizations, Societies, Portals for Careers in Communications

In addition to Googling "technical writing," "business writing" or whatever communication field you are interested in,  here is a sample of the major associations and societies that should be evaluated as job resources.

Society for Technical Communication (most states and major cities have branches you can join; job board)
http://www.stc.org/

Society of American Business Editors & Writers (student membership rates; job board)
http://www.sabew.com/news/home.htm

International Association of Business Communicators (student membership rates; job board)
http://www.iabc.com/

Association of Proposal Management Professionals (includes grant writing)
http://www.apmp.org/default.aspx

The American Society of Indexers
http://www.asindexing.org/site/index.html

Public Relations Society of America
http://www.prsa.org/

National Communication Association
http://www.natcom.org/nca/Template2.asp?sid=9

American Copy Editors Society
http://www.copydesk.org/

American Society of Journalists & Authors
http://www.asja.org/index.php

Online News Association
http://journalists.org/2007conference/

TECHWR-L
http://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/index.php3

IEEE Professional Communication Society
http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pcs/

EServer TC Library
http://tc.eserver.org/

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
http://cms.english.ttu.edu/attw

Newbie Tech Writer
http://www.cloudnet.com/~pdunham/newbietechwriterhome.html

American Medical Writers Association
http://www.amwa.org/default.asp?ID=1

Canadian Science Writers Association
http://www.sciencewriters.ca/

The National Writers Union
http://www.nwu.org/nwu/

MITWA (Mentors, Indexers, Technical Writers & Associates)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MITWA/

Mike's Tech Writing
http://www.mikestechwriting.com/

KeyContent.org
http://www.keycontent.org/tiki-index.php?page=Home

INTECOM
http://www.intecom.org/

International Science Writers Association
http://internationalsciencewriters.org/

World Association of Medical Editors
http://www.wame.org/about

Wikipedia--Technical Writing (look for list of links at end)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_writing

About.Com--Freelance Writing (pop-up alert)
http://freelancewrite.about.com/


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Also, see the attached "Web Tools for Job Seekers"