Why is it important to write well? What does ‘writing well’ mean, anyway? Every day I read resumes, cover letters, personal statements, essays and email and text messages. So do you.
Have you ever gotten a text that made no sense? Was the verb or subject missing? Maybe you thought that you knew what the person meant to say, but you had to guess.
Let’s start with some examples….
Your courses taught you? YOU had nothing to do with amassing these skills? Don’t you think that YOU learned or developed critical thinking skills by taking courses in History and Philosophy?
What does this mean? Who made progress? And, what did this person do to advance the progress of these meetings?
Have you known databases that get results? I have not. I thought that people used databases and the information in databases to get results.
Your educational and work experiences gave you the opportunity to develop interpersonal skills – how did that work? Would it be accurate to say that while you pursued your education and gained work experience, YOU strengthened your interpersonal…..skills?
Your turn….what is the issue?
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Have you spotted the typos?
Did this person read the sentence out loud? How many problems do you see?
Is this a sentence? Does it include a complete thought OR do you feel something is missing?
Be clear about what and who you are referencing. WHAT RELATIONSHIP is this person talking about? And WHO exactly are we approaching?
Whether you are writing a resume, an email or an academic essay, writing skills are critical.
Here are some tips for writing as clearly as possible to convey what you mean to say:
Resources in the Career Center Library:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The zero tolerance approach to puncuation, by Lynne Truss
On writing well: an informal guide to writing nonfiction, by William Zinsser
Get to the Point! by Elizabeth Danziger
Writing That Works, by Kenneth Roman and Joel Raphaelson