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Jobs Writing Skills

The Importance of Good Written English in a Job Application

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 11:17 am

When looking for a new job, it’s so important to write a coherent and eloquent application. Even if writing won’t form one of your main duties at work, an employer wants to know that you are a strong communicator. Written English cannot be ignored.

To start with, you need to be able to make your CV legible. If it is not structured correctly and cannot be read easily, employers will bypass it. You don’t need to use complex language – just ensure that it is fluent and makes perfect sense.

Covering letters are just as important. They are your opportunity to make your application a little bit more personal, so they need to be well written. Use persuasive language to convince your potential future employer that you will be right for the role and emphasise why you want to work there.

Remember, good spelling and grammar will show good attention to detail. It will be difficult to prove to someone that you will make a conscientious and hard-working employee if your job application looks lazy and haphazard. Read and re-read it many times over and ask someone else to proofread it for you. Submitting a high-quality application that is right shows you have initiative and are willing to go out of your way to do something well.

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Working as a Professional Writer

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm

It’s becoming far easier to earn money and make a living from your writing skills, and there are a number of different capacities in which you can work as a writer. The key to success is knowing where to begin and how to break into your desired field.

It’s important that you know about the different sectors in which you’re able to work as a writer. Working as a journalist is very different to writing novels for a living. Once you’ve got into the industry of your choice and have established yourself as a skilled writer, a variety of different options will open up to you. Everybody needs a starting point.

Get a portfolio together. To apply for almost any writing job, you will need to be able to show what you can do. If you have no previous writing experience, you will probably need to take on some unpaid projects. It can be frustrating putting your heart and soul into work which doesn’t have any immediate benefit, but in the long term, it will pay off.

If you’re in a position to study further, enrol on a course. This could be anything from a local creative writing course to a university degree in English Literature. Having qualifications is a great way to prove your worth as a writer and it will give you plenty of opportunities to hone your skills.

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