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STC-ETC Resume Swap Shop 

  • Listen to the advice of top professionals who screen countless resumes from technical communicators

  • Get valuable feedback from peers on your resume


Zoom log-in for Saturday, February 20

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 867 6364 6979
Passcode: 473741

How you can participate

  1. Email your resume in MS Word no later than February 10, 2021, at 5:00 pm to We recommend that you limit your resume to two pages for this workshop. Your resume must include a valid email address and phone number so we can communicate with you about the workshop. While any format is welcome, you may use this template, which includes general resume pointers.

  2. Receive one or two randomly assigned resumes via email on February 15.

  3. Review and comment on these resumes using the Microsoft Track Changes tool. For a quick tutorial on using this tool, watch this short video by Microsoft.

  4. Email your commented file(s) back to the resume owners no later than Thursday, February 18, at noon.

  5. Review the comments you received on your resume and prepare for discussion with your peer reviewers.

  6. Join us online for the program and workshop on Saturday, February 20, at 10:00 am.



Part I: Area Tech Comm Managers Discuss What Works in Resumes

10:00–11:30 am

  • What techniques do these managers use to narrow down their choices?

  • How can you improve your chances to be a contender?

  • Didn’t make the cut? How can your application experience serve as an inroad to other opportunities in the future?

  • Each presentation will be followed by a brief period for questions and answers.


Priscilla Henson, Technical Communications Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), joined the lab in 2006. She currently leads the Technical Communications team, which is home to the technical writers and editors for the lab. Prior to joining ORNL, Priscilla worked for various companies including Science Applications International Corporation, taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee, and edited manuscripts for publishers such as Random House and Faber & Faber. Her experience includes editing, technical writing, project management, coordination of multiteam projects, marketing, and management of teams of publishing and other creative professionals. She holds a BA and an MA in English from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of STC and ACES.


Tim Hammon has worked in technical communications at several technology companies in the area, including the Tennessee Center for Research and Development, Emerson Electric, the internet startup iPIX, and Siemens Healthcare. In his current position as Director of User Documentation and Translation at Siemens Healthcare in Knoxville, he leads a team of writers that produce operator guides and online help for molecular imaging scanners. Team members are located in Knoxville, Chicago, Munich, and Bangalore. This team also oversees the translation of their content into 33 languages. Tim loves the University of Tennessee–Knoxville so much that he as two degrees from there: a BA in English with a concentration in Technical Writing, and an MBA from the Haslam College of Business. Tim has held several positions with the East Tennessee Chapter of STC over the years, including two terms as chapter president.

Part II: Resume Swap Shop Breakout Sessions
11:30 am–1:30 pm

Connect with your peer reviewer(s) via Zoom or telephone to discuss feedback on one another’s resumes. Detailed instructions will be provided when you’re matched up with your peer reviewers.

Appoint one person in your peer review team to report back with 3 or 4 main takeaways gained from your peer review discussion.


Part III: Report Out and Closing Remarks
2:00–3:00 pm

Reconvene online at 1:00 p.m. to report back on your experiences and listen to brief closing remarks from STC-ETC President Rose Raney.

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