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new title!

I never really gave much thought to the titles I’ve had throughout my career – even when I had business cards, they were mostly used to enter draws for free lunches. That being said, I realize now that having an accurate title that reflects what you really do is pretty important: it’s one thing to call yourself an Internet Superstar (which was a title I held for a couple of years), but no one really goes out looking to HIRE an Internet Superstar; they want actual skills and duties and competency. Being vague is often my friend, but it really does me a huge disservice in this area.

I was recently asked to write a job description for my role at Atimi Software. While I’ve held the title of “Technical Writer” since I started in 2012, I found myself doing many other things that fall far outside the Technical Writer realm. This is good, because I love learning new things and taking on new challenges .. but at the end of the day, calling myself a Technical Writer seemed to squeeze me into a corset that didn’t quite fit.

I took a step back and really looked at what I do on a day-to-day basis, spoke to some people in the tech world, and browsed a thousand job descriptions. Finally, after a lot of research, I was happy to discover that an official title for the things I do already exists: Information Architect. The IA role fits me like a glove, gives me lots of room to grow, is something I’m crazy about, and (probably best of all) is an actual real title: no more putting random words together and making up my own vaguely technical important-sounding title and hoping people understand what I do. I’m an Information Architect! I architect information! COME AT ME, BRO!

I am pleased!

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Hello Again!

It’s been quiet around these parts for the last while, as I’ve been happily working in the mobile development industry for the last 18 months. I’ve picked up a lot of great new skills on the way, and I’m ready to put my considerable talents to use for you.

I’ve updated my Resume and Portfolio, and as always I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!

Thanks for looking!

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Hello!

My name is Kimli, and I’m a Technical Writer in Vancouver, BC. I am a Documentation Specialist, and I’ve been told I’m very good at it. I have ten years of experience producing documentation for all levels of computer expertise; from highly technical engineers who swear by their midichlorian count to reluctant users who haven’t the foggiest idea what a “midichlorian” is. This website exists to serve as an online portfolio; a small sampling of the work I’ve done in the past as well as an in-depth look at my methods and style.

I know it’s good job etiquette to talk about how you love what you do, but I’m for real, dawg: I love documentation. I love technology, writing words about technology, learning processes, teaching people how to follow said processes – all of it. I like to throw myself into the task at hand and learn before I attempt to document; handily turning myself into a veritable cavern of information. I’m an incredibly fast learner with a passion for showing off how much I know, and I always smell great (not usually a requirement, but definitely appreciated).

Some of my more dazzling accomplishments include:

  • Stepping into an organization with extremely limited technical support and building a fully-structured support system that ensures all client requests are handled within 24 hours and fully resolved to the client’s satisfaction
  • Turning highly technical information from developers into comprehensive, user-friendly learning material for new staff and clients
  • Working closely with various teams within the company to absorb their processes, and turning that knowledge into training material for employees
  • Creation and execution of extremely detailed training plans for new hires
  • Writing an engaging, informative Employee Handbook from the ground up that reflects the values, mission, and culture of the company
  • Planning and driving to completion company-wide rollouts of new internal tools
  • Designing and building an intranet for 110 employees, and working with managers to write content for their team spaces

Documentation is rarely loved by anyone, and is more often than not a big pointy thorn in the side of your brightest engineers. Why not let them get back to doing what they do best, and leave the instructional material to me? I’ll work with your team to learn the tool/product/process, and turn that information into highly detailed but user-friendly instructional material for your customers/staff/mom. I’ve worked with all kinds of software and have experience with XML, CSS, Java, Citrix, other Web Services and more!

Take a look at my work, review my resume, gawk at the accolades I absolutely did not pay for, then drop me a line. I may just be that extra spark your world is missing!

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