Friday, February 22, 2013

Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become A Better Writer.

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Want To Be Taken Seriously?  Become A Better Writer.

From the article:

The number of poorly written emails, resumes and blog posts I come across each month is both staggering and saddening. Grammar is off. There are tons of misspellings. Language is much wordier or more complex than necessary. Some things I read literally make no sense at all to me.
Writing is a lost art, and many professionals don’t realize how essential a job skill it is. Even if you’re not a writer by trade, every time you click "Publish" on a blog, "Post" on a LinkedIn update, or "Send" on an email, you are putting your writing out into the world.
Your writing is a reflection of your thinking. Clear, succinct, convincing writing will differentiate you as a great thinker and a valuable asset to your team.
If you want to be thought of as a smart thinker, you must become a better writer. If you want to be taken seriously by your manager, colleagues, potential employers, clients and prospects, you must become a better writer.
It's not just you who must become a better writer- it’s all of us. I'll be the first to admit, I too have had to learn to become a better writer. So here are five ways that I've become a better writer over the last several years....
Although this article is written for people working in business, it holds true for anyone looking for a job.  These days, almost everything you write is accessible online.  Correct the grammar and the typos, and spend some time cultivating a solid writing style. We don't just grade the papers "like English professors" because we get a kick out of correcting grammar.  We are trying to help you present your insights and arguments in their best light.  And that, in the end, is a reflection on yourself.

The rest of the article is here.