What I Do


I am frequently asked just what I, as Technical Communicator, do for my job. Simply put, I am a writer, graphic designer, and audience analyst all rolled into one.

My jobs usually entail writing and designing documents for a wide variety of audiences. Many companies will hire a writer to write and a graphic designer to design. I will write and design the document. But I also go further. I analyze what the audience is going to need, then I write specifically for the demographic and I arrange the information in such a way that it is easily accessible and logical.

Technical Communicators fill a wide variety of roles in the work force and can be a huge benefit to any company that is looking for a multi-skilled worker. Because there are so many uses for a Technical Communicator, the job description is always changing!

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Skills


As a Technical Communicator, I personally have experiences in creating:

As part of my curriculum at Iowa State University, I also took courses in editing and business communication and did exceptionally well in them.

Software Skills

I am also quite proficient in useful software, and any that I am unfamiliar with, I pick up easily and quickly.

I have five or more years of experience with:

I have two to five years of experience with:

I have used these programs for projects in the past:

I have also used several databases both for work and for projects. Databases I am familiar with:

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Education


Iowa State University

Majors: English Literature and Technical Communications

Graduated: 2012
Major GPA: 3.43; Cummulative GPA: 3.11
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Work Experience


Cummins-Allison

Title: Assistant Technical Writer

Dates of Employment: Novemeber 2012 to Present

Duties: Write instructional documentation for service technicians. Edit older manuals to fit with current style guide. Communicate with engineers on projects. Format mechanical drawings and images to adhere to style guide.


Ames Laboratory

Title: Intern

Dates of Employment: January 2012 to July 2012
Reason for leaving: Moved to Chicago.

Duties: Wrote instructions for Human Resources for new databases. Created safety fliers for National Safety Month. Surveyed employees on their needs to help them learn the new databases.


Iowa State University Printing and Publishing

Titles: Office Assistant, Document Center Operator

Dates of Employment: January 2007 to May 2012
Reason for leaving: Left to work more hours at Ames Laboratory

Duties: Entered daily sales data. Recorded number of copy machine prints. Answered phone calls on prices. Ordered paper for document centers. Coordinated pickups and deliveries of finished projects. Worked with customers on documents to achieve desired outcome. Managed document centers on evenings and weekends. Collected money and data from leased out copy machines.


Hickory Park Catering and Event Center

Titles: Server, Caterer

Dates of Employment: August 2008 to October 2011
Reason for leaving: End of major event season and needed to make time for upcoming internship.

Duties: Served beverages to guests. Cleaned tables after guests were finished. Cleaned event hall after each celebration. Trained new individuals. Worked with team to ensure a positive experience for guests. Catered food to other locales and event centers. Prepped food for upcoming events.

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Why Me?


I am a diligent worker.

I enjoy handling a variety of projects at once. You could say I thrive under organized chaos.

I am highly organized (I organize just about everything, including my closet!).

I am friendly and outgoing.

I am an elected member of the STC (Society for Technical Communicators) Nominating Committee.

I am a volunteer judge for the STC Competition (2012-2013). This has been especially useful in the development of my skills because I see a wide variety of projects from all around Chicago. These have become inspirations for the work I then create.

I was on the Dean’s List in college in 2011 and 2012.

I received a grant from Mainstream Living, Inc. in 2006 for an essay I wrote about the disabled.

I love yoga, sewing, running, and baking and cooking.

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Portfolio


I have several pieces that I worked on throughout college and during my internship. I each PDF I explain my reasoning behind each piece and why or why not I think it is effective in its purpose.

Please note: I would like to place the work I have done with Cummins-Allison here in this section. However, because of copyright and patent issues, I can't display any of the work on the web. In a personal interview, I'd be happy to show the work I did.

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