We write for many reasons. We write for fun and release, love and publication. And we even write for our good health. But, we also write for communication for our jobs. And for the jobless, the ability to communicate through writing is especially crucial.
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In this competitive job market, corporate offices screen prospective employees through a series of written assessments or essays. They want to know that you can communicate clearly and effectively. They want to see that you can reason through a problem. And for the timed tests, they want assurance that you can think on your feet.
If you’re in search of work, improving your writing skills may be the ticket to scoring the job of your dreams. So, how is this done? Read on for ways to write your way to a great new job:
Keep your copy clean. No matter the industry or profession, employers seek candidates who are effective communicators. Pay attention to proper grammar usage, punctuation and spelling. Be careful to edit your work carefully. Afraid you won’t find the errors? Read the copy aloud to yourself. Or brush up on your grammar skills.
Be organized in your writing. No matter the assignment with which you have been tasked – whether an introductory assessment or an outline of your career goals – you should apply structure to your writing. Provide a solid opening paragraph with a strong thesis and emotional hook. The next 2-3 paragraphs should support your main idea and then your conclusion should leave the reader with a sense of new understanding.
Embrace professionalism. Avoid language that is trivial, common or cliché. Save the everyday slang for conversations with your friends or family. And whatever you do, stay away from Twitter-inspired hashtags and abbreviations like LOL and IMO.
Be concise and to the point. Saying too much can get you into trouble with a prospective employer, especially if you are not exactly sure what he may be looking for in a job candidate. Simply answer the questions put before you and resist the urge to expound.
Kerri S. Mabee