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Job Seekers: What’s Wrong with Your Resume? Probably More than You Think.

by • October 19, 2012

#WhatIWrite: Cover Letters and Resumes More than two thirds of salaried jobs require a significant amount of writing, making written communication a key consideration in hiring. Yet, top organizations still spend more than $3 Billion (with a “B”!) per year on remedial training to improve employees’ writing to baseline standards. Cover letters and resumes are, not surprisingly, a great way for potential employers to assess candidate’s writing skills. According to a recent analysis of online resumes by Grammarly: There are 5 potential errors on a typical job seeker’s resume, and most… MORE →

POLL: What is the “scariest” writing issue that you see in professional emails?

by • October 15, 2012

All of us know that business emails should be professional, meaning they should be free of basic spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. Often, however, business emails are filled with errors. For better or worse, those errors make the writer seem not only unprofessional, but often also unqualified. What do you think?  Let us know and cast your vote!

According to our Facebook friends, learning grammar in school is important

by • October 11, 2012

It seems that people not only care about using grammar, but also about using it correctly.  (Photo source: http://www.etsy.com/listing/104421575/notebook-dear-people-of-the-world) On Monday, we ran an informal poll on our Facebook page. After a recent article in the Huffington post discussing an increased demand for grammar study in education, we asked our followers: “Do you think studying grammar in school is important?” The results were unsurprising, but overwhelmingly one-sided. Of the three options (Yes, No, and No opinion), 98.6% of voters said that grammar study was important. Naturally, we understand that our Facebook community is… MORE →

Our Favorite Words in the English Language

by • October 03, 2012

Whether you are a logophile (word lover) or not, you probably can think of one or two words that you really enjoy using. These words don’t have to be rare or exotic. In fact, sometimes it’s far better if they aren’t. Some of my personal favorites are demure, frank, and stalwart. Why are they my favorites? Well, besides being fun to say, they are concrete and clear. I’ve decided to run a poll on our Facebook page seeking out the top five favorite words in the English language. I asked: There… MORE →