June 2017 Meeting with Karen Mulholland
This Old Tech Writer: DIY Tricks to Stay Marketable
Like houses, careers need more than upkeep – sometimes they need fix-up work. Ageism is a reality that we’re likely to encounter in our 20s and again after 45. But it doesn’t have to hold you back. Whether you’re starting to get solicitations from AARP or just starting to get established, a handful of do-it-yourself strategies can position you as the candidate everyone wants.
Does ageism exist? Are experienced, mature professional writers being discriminated against because of their age?
According to Karen Mulholland, ageism in the professional world of technical communication is real. Writers need to be prepared to “make assumptions irrelevant” by demonstrating that their decades-long experience counts when strategic, long-term, practical thinking is what the employer needs. Karen uses a smart analogy, comparing the strategy of preparing a job search to the strategy of selling a home. Her advice:
- Repair – We all go through ups and downs in life. Learn to achieve a healthy emotional state, despite these life challenges.
- Renovate – It’s important to keep up with digital trends. Inventory your skills and see how they compare with skills employers want nowadays.
- Refresh – Find the “wonderful and fabulous” in you, and then express it. Be authentically you!
Karen Mulholland, a “vintage wonderful” senior technical writer, wins over her audience with a show of healthy self-confidence, her own style, and an exceptional sense of humor