How good, correct writing can get you a better job

Are you looking for a new job? And has anyone told you that good, grammatically correct writing doesn’t matter for a job “like this?” Well, they’re wrong. Here’s why, and here’s how to get yourself ahead of the posse in the increasingly competitive job market.

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Good writing skills are not about being snotty

Many people – especially among some teenagers attending high school – think it’s not “cool” to worry too much about good grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and so-on.

Now, they may be right. Stuff like that doesn’t matter if you see yourself always in a low-paid, boring job … maybe chasing dreams in the music business (but what happens when you’re older!) … or hugging trees in a valid but unlikely-to-be-long-term career that will pay your bills and help you bring up a family. [Read more…]

Job seeker’s nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé

“Résumania” is a term coined by Mr. Robert Half, founder of RHI Consulting’s parent company, to describe the goofs that often appear on job candidates’ CVs/résumés, job applications and covering letters. Here are some examples (original authors unknown):

Job seeker's nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé“I perform my job with effortless efficiency, effectiveness, efficacy, and expertise.”  (And an eye on the “e” section of the dictionary, evidently.)

“Insufficient writing skills, thought processes have slowed down some. If I am not one of the best, I will look for another opportunity.”  (No problem …)

“Seek challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable.”  (Glad to hear it.)

“My compensation should be at least equal to my age.”  (And bonuses tied to his shoe size?)

“I am very detail-oreinted.”  (With the possible exception of spelling)

“I can play well with others.”  (We’ll be sure to tell your mommy.)

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“Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel.”  (A new twist on work-family balance.)

Job seeker's nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé“Objection: To utilize my skills in sales.”  (Have you considered law school?)

“My salary requirement is $34 per year.”  (They say money isn’t everything.)

“Served as assistant sore manager.”  (Ouch.)

“Previous experience: Self-employed – a fiasco.”  (Definitely to the point.)

“I vow to fulfill the goals of the company as long as I live.”  (And they say loyalty is hard to come by.)

“Reason for leaving last job: Pushed aside so the vice-president’s girlfriend could steal my job.”  (We’re glad you’re not bitter.)

Now, let’s make sure what you write does  get you a job!

“How To Write About Yourself”…how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write

“Business Writing Made Easy”…everything you need to know about writing for business in English

“Banana Skin Words and how not to slip on them”…over 1,500 spelling and grammar tips to perfect your written English

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Looking for work? Write a blog and get ahead

It’s not only students who can up their chances of getting a job on graduation by writing a blog. If you’re out of work – whatever the reason – writing a blog is a no-cost way of getting the edge on others going after the jobs you want.

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OK, if you’re not fussy what you do as long as it earns you a decent wage, blogging about factory work or labouring or supermarket till work may not be very helpful. But wait a minute.

You don’t need to blog about a business to get noticed in the job market

So your job skills may not immediately mark you out as a star.

Now – what about your hobbies and interests? [Read more…]

Top 10 books to help you write better

how to write better,howtowritebetter.net,writing help, help with writing,EnglishWe’ve gathered together our best books and ebooks on how to write better and related topics by your favorite columnists and guest posters here on HTWB, in this updated bookshop … browse and enjoy! It’s a good selection and consists of all the very best of our respective experience and skills, neatly packed in book form for you to benefit from. All print books are available in Kindle and/or other digital formats, too. [Read more…]

The young job-seeker’s guide to the blogosphere, part 1

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Marco in action as
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A while ago you would have read Lorenzo Matibag‘s brilliant article about the need for job seekers – whether recent graduates or older job seekers – to blog. The next point as Lorenzo said is for them to set up a blog; there are various free incarnations such as WordPress and Blogger, and for a small outlay you can have your blog hosted externally and set up by an expert like our very own Blogmistress, Babs Saul.

OK. Your blog’s set up and ready to go. What should your broad aims be?

(For a list of the top 10 most helpful articles on blogging for business as chosen by our readers, click here)

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If you don’t think you’re good, why the hell should I?

Trying to make forward progress in almost anything when you don’t have faith in your ability to do it, just doesn’t work. No matter how well you conceal it, your uncertainty will wind itself around your neck and stop you from showing what you’re really capable of.

How To Write About YourselfAnd no more does this apply than when you have to write about yourself for a job application, or even in a short biography. There’s lots more on this topic in my eBook “How To Write About Yourself” – but now let’s take that a stage further to help you believe, and behave, as well as you write about yourself.

We’ve got to snap out of our modesty culture [Read more…]

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