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…]

How to write about difficult or painful issues

Knowing what and how to write when someone has died, is terminally ill, and other very sensitive and often painful circumstances is never easy. In this curated selection of articles from here on HTWB, I have pulled together some of the most up-to-date ones to help you with such subjects, for you to bookmark if you’d like to.

How to write well about difficult or painful issues

Knowing how to write sensitively to someone going through bad times is a very important part of your relationship with that person.

You never know when things like this will happen, and when they do you may find the assistance very useful.

Click on the sub-headings to go to each individual article. [Read more…]

What to write when someone has lost their job

Your best friend, a lovely neighbour or a member of your family has just been fired or made redundant. It’s no secret, so you want to show them you care. You won’t find any greeting cards in the local card shop saying “bad luck on getting sacked” or “sorry you were laid off from work.”

What to write when someone has lost their job

Much as you want to tell your friend or relative that there is life after job loss, if it has only just happened they won’t have thought much about the future other than the fact it looks pretty bleak right now.

So what do you write in an email or private social media message? Here are some thoughts you might like to consider…

For a list of all 12 articles in this series on how to write well to people dealing with death, bereavement and other life sadness, click here. 

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Telling teens why good writing matters: the point that hits home

If you have teenage relatives you’ll probably know that they clam up like, er, clams, when you tell them why writing matters. Mainly they regard “proper” writing as a pain in the posterior. What’s wrong with leaving apostrophes out? Using the latest Instagram jargon? Speaking and writing in hip terms everyone who’s anyone in rap, metal and other such contemporary cultures knows and appreciates?

Telling teens why good writing matters: the point that hits home

When you apply for a job, most of the CVs/résumés on the recruiter’s desk will have mistakes in them. If yours doesn’t, it will stay at the top of the pile. Then, guess what?

As you’d expect, with my own son (poor kid) I hammered the need for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax into his head before he could walk. These days I’m a little more gentle with teens, but the metaphorical slap-in-yer-face still works. Read on … [Read more…]

“I’m a business writer and business writing trainer. Questions, kids?”

OK, that’s what I am … but who understands what it means, especially when you’re a teenager?

Recently I have been doing some (voluntary) work here in Milton Keynes, England, helping secondary/high school kids learn more about the realpolitik  of the business world. We’re very lucky to have two organisations running schemes where business people go into these schools and talk to students: one is ProActive Education, and the other is the charity Worktree.

Teaching high school students about business and business writing

Students need to know that no matter how boring it may seem, correct grammar/spelling/punctuation in job applications and CVs/résumés can make the difference between getting a job … and not getting it.

So what exactly does this entail, and how much do these teenagers know – if anything – about the importance that business writing will have in their future careers? [Read more…]

How to get a good testimonial – 10 Quick Tips

Testimonials about you/your business come in all shapes and sizes.

How to get a good testimonial - 10 Quick TipsThey may spring out of nowhere as a delightful surprise in a social media comment or email. Or, you may decide to seek testimonials pro-actively from people you know are happy customers. Either way, there are right ways and very wrong ways to get them… [Read more…]

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