Advice for Writing Effectively on the Job

Professional Communication Skills

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For the majority of writers making the difficult transition from writing in college to writing on the job, learning to analyze each new communication situation and adapt to it is essential to effective professional communication.
(Michael L. Keene, Effective Professional and Technical Writing)

In almost every profession these days, effective communication is a critical skill. At least that's what managers, recruiters, and career counselors keep telling us. In fact, effective communication is a combination of critical skills. For those who didn't attend college specifically for writing or communication, these skills might not always come easily. The essay writing one does for school isn't always the most transferable style of writing for the business world. But as email becomes one of the primary forms of business correspondence learning how to be understood with your writing is becoming more vital. Here are 10 articles that will show you how to improve them.

  • 10 Tips for Writing a Professional Email Email is the most common form of written communication in the business world. It's also the most commonly abused. Too often email messages snap, growl, and bark — as if being concise meant that you had to sound bossy. Not so. 
  • What Is the "You Attitude"? In professional writing, the "you attitude" means looking at a topic from the reader's point of view. In emails, letters, proposals, and reports, emphasizing what readers want or need to know is likely to generate good will and lead to positive results.
  • Tips for Improving Online Writing Most online reading is actually skimming and scanning. So to grab and hold our readers' attention, we can't afford to waste words. The trick to writing lean on our blogs and websites is to keep the meaning and cut the rest. Here's how.
  • Sample Letter of Recommendation In this sample letter, a college professor recommends a student for a place in a graduate program. 
  • How to Edit and Proofread Your Résumé A carefully edited résumé signals professionalism and attention to detail — qualities that most employers are looking for in a candidate, regardless of the position.