Why even one grammar mistake could cost you your new job

All you need is a recruiter or employer who has a bee in their bonnet about grammar, spelling, punctuation and so-on…if your CV/résumé contains one or more mistakes, you are toast.

writing tips from Suzan St Maur
So are your job prospects with that employer.

Unfair? [Read more…]

Writing with dyslexia: how to write faster without touching anything

“Do you wish you could type faster?” asks Neil Sleight from Talking Typist, who makes a welcome return to HTWB to bring us up to date on yet more improvements to voice recognition software (VRS) since his last article two years ago.

article about dyslexia

Voice recognition software like Dragon: a Godsend for dyslexic students, writers and business owners?

I was pretty rude about VRS at the time because being a) non-tech and b) impatient I found it clunky and disobedient. This was Dragon, the software Neil works with.

“You may have explored the possibility of using Dragon and if you found it frustrating,” Neil tells me, “it’s well worth having another look because it is now even faster and more accurate. And with a little practice it’s a huge help for people with dyslexia.” First, a user’s view…Sz

Experience of writing with VRS, as a dyslexic student and business owner

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CV-Résumé writing for job candidates on the autism spectrum

by John Stuart

Please welcome John Stuart who is writing on behalf of CV Nation, a company that specialises in preparing job-winning CVs / résumés. John approached me and asked what HTWB readers might find useful in addition to what we already have here in terms of CV / résumé / job application and other job search writing advice.

CVs and resumes fr autistics

It’s up to you to show employers that you are the best person for the job. Not despite your autism, but because of it.

Given that Aspergers / high functioning autism is taking on such a vibrant and well-deservedly prominent role in our business world now, we need to think creatively to help people on “The Spectrum” to attain the high levels of success they deserve through the job application process. John has some useful suggestions…

Autism is not a negative: employers are realising this more and more

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Stamping out essay writing cheats for students: some hope at last

Some of you may have noticed that I have been ranting for some time about essay (plus thesis, dissertation etc.) writing offered online so students can pay someone else to write their work – cheating.

Hellping university students to cheat

Essay mills to help students cheat: approx 250 million on Google alone

Finally here in the UK someone has taken notice of this easy rip-off for cheating students and is hoping to do something about it. To quote the BBC news website’s headline:

PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

Will shaking a stick at PayPal deliver any real results? Not in isolation, no. But with luck, it’s a start. [Read more…]

Education with a sense of humour…

A good education is worth its weight in laughs, according to the following anecdotes. Enjoy.

jokes about education

Eschew obfuscation and all conglomeration of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.

What’s the difference?
As a sergeant in a parachute regiment I took part in several night time exercises.
Once, I was seated next to a Lieutenant fresh from Jump School.
He was quiet, sad, looked a bit pale so I struck up a conversation.
“Scared, Lieutenant?” I asked.
He replied, “No, just a bit apprehensive.”
I asked, “What’s the difference??” [Read more…]

Funny farewells to the college year for students & graduates

As college students celebrate the end of the academic year in many countries worldwide, here are some clever, funny jokes to help get the parties started…

Students & Graduates: your funniest farewells to the college year!

Too much celebrating? You may still get a “B”…

Obeying orders
A college graduate applied for a job at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Together with several other applicants, he was given a sealed envelope and told to take it to the fourth floor.
As soon as the young man was alone, he stepped into an empty hallway and opened the packet.
Inside, a message read: “You’re our kind of person. Report to the fifth floor.” [Read more…]

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