Big News for TechCommGeekMom!

doctor-who-dance_o_GIFSoup_comWhy is the 11th Doctor (of Doctor Who) on the left dancing? Because I feel like dancing! “Why?” you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

I’m very excited to announce that…

I FINALLY GOT A JOB!

Yes, I think that’s a reason to feel like celebrating, don’t you think? I’ve been looking for a new full-time job for about a year now, and it’s taken this long to find something.  I will be working as a consultant doing web publishing work for the internal and external HR websites of the North American headquarters of a global chemical company.  Much of the position will be helping to organize their content management system, but it sounds like this assignment could blossom into something more.

I have to actually thank all the people I’ve connected to in the last nine months through social media, especially through Twitter and this blog. I’ve learned so much from all of you during this time that went beyond my recently earned Masters degree, and I have received such fantastic support in the process. Social media has given me a voice, and I’ve appreciated those who “listened” to my words. My goal in participating in social media was to not only learn, but to keep up with the issues and concerns of those in technical communications and e-learning so that I would have a better understanding of them should I find myself in the position I am now–about to embark on a new job soon. I learned so much in the process, and it lead to opportunities–especially thanks to Adobe’s Technical Communications Suite team–that I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of, and those opportunities empowered me during my interview.  I learned about structured content, the importance of proper translation and XML metrics, and the need to be able to roll out content for mobile devices just from going to the Adobe Day pre-conference event at Lavacon alone.  Articles and conversations on Twitter and Facebook furthered the cause. Even though this new position does not involve m-learning, the topic did come up twice during my interviews, and I think that my knowledge and competency of the subject actually helped boost my credibility immensely. There was not one aspect of what I’ve delved into via social media with all of you involved that didn’t come up during my interview, and that evidently gave me the edge. So many thanks to all of you in helping me grow and learn through your continual support. Oh, and just for the record, being a generalist/multi-specialist did help the cause as well. 😉

But does this mean the end of TechCommGeekMom? Heck no! First of all, this position doesn’t start for another month, so I have some time to still contribute to this blog. If anything, I am hoping that by being a more active participant in the technical communications field, I will be able to write more as time goes on. I might not write as often from time to time, but I think more information will come through as I continue on my path to learn more through this new, upcoming experience.

I hope you share my excitement and will celebrate with me.  It’s been a long road to get here, but it looks like I’m finally on the road going in the right direction. 🙂

About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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3 Responses to Big News for TechCommGeekMom!

  1. Woo hooooooooooooooo! Of course, the biggest thing in your favor during the interview is that you are you.

  2. Craig says:

    Am sending many happy thoughts your way.

  3. Thanks to you both for your support! 🙂

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