During tough times members need their professional society even more.  STC is an ideal resource for technical communicators to find jobs and to enhance their value to their companies by expanding their professional knowledge and skills.

Members receive monthly issues of Intercom exclusively—subscriptions are not sold to nonmembers. The magazine’s updated mission is to serve the technical communication professional by presenting articles on trends, tools, techniques, and professional development. Members also receive the Society’s peer-reviewed quarterly journal, Technical Communication, which serves the profession by presenting scholarly papers and research that advances the Body of Knowledge.

One of the most important benefits of membership is being able to connect with others at local chapter meetings, conferences, and seminars. With 120 chapters in the United States and 23 worldwide, STC is the largest global organization focused on technical communication. There is even more added value from being able to network with colleagues and subject matter experts via the 21 SIG listserves.

STC is currently recruiting new members and welcoming former members back. In addition to all of 2009, STC is giving the duration of 2008 as a bonus to those who join between now and 31 December. Several benefits were added recently:

  • STC members have access to hundreds of benchmark and best practices reports from Aberdeen Group, STC’s research partner.
  • STC’s online Career Center gives STC members a 14-day advance look at new job postings before the rest of the field sees them. Postings include full-time, part-time, and projects that can be done remotely.
  • Software discounts for members only (10 percent from MadCap, 15 percent from ComponentOne). The savings for members taking advantage of the discounts can be hundreds of dollars, much more than the cost of STC dues.

Professionals involved in technical communications or training development are invited to join STC—now is the perfect time. To learn more visit www.stc.org.