Tag: English writing skills

Let’s be perfectly clear: Writing the Summary on your CV

The fact that there is no clear right or wrong in resume writing frustrates some job seekers, especially engineers, whose training has focused on the importance of getting whatever they’re designing, building, etc. exactly right. After all, a poorly constructed highway overpass would be proof that somebody had clearly gotten something wrong somewhere along the … les mer

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Business Emails: Using a Format to Clear Up Your Writing Style

Do you sometimes struggle with getting clear replies from your email contacts? Could your own unclear writing style be a part of the problem? People often tell me that their biggest frustration is that they don’t get any clear answer after having written to their contact with (a) question(s). It can take several rounds of … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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Shopping and CV Writing: Can you curb your urge?

Have you ever thought that shopping and writing your CV have something in common?— —I didn’t either, until two things happened to me this past week which made me think that these two activities – life necessities that they are – could be compared. The first happened when I got in a CV for proofreading … les mer

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CV Writing: Giving up before you even start?

After spending as much time proofreading CVs as I have, I can write with certainty that people sure don’t like writing CVs. Which is understandable, given that a) most people don’t like writing, b) most people don’t like writing about themselves, and c) most people don’t like writing about themselves because they have to in … les mer

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Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

You need to write a message every time you send someone a connection request. You really do. Just clicking ‘Connect’ and expecting a positive response isn’t going to cut it anymore. Maybe it used to, but as LI activity is heating up, more people are getting choosier about accepting the increasing number of requests coming … les mer

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Your LinkedIn Summary: Be Smart, Write Smart

You don’t need to prove you’re smart. We know you are. At yet another one of my LinkedIn courses last week, this time in Oslo, I told the people there that I most often get inspiration for blog writing from something that’s said in class. This evening was no exception; I headed back to my … les mer

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Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

If English is your ‘L2’ (second language), don’t fall into the trap of using superficial buzzwords to describe your abilities in your CV/LinkedIn profile. The old phrase ‘I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place’ came to mind when I was reading a LinkedIn article the other day entitled, These are the absolute worst … les mer

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Application Letter Writing: A Little (List) Goes a Long Way

In my most recent blog post, I wrote about how job-seekers need to use active verbs in their writing in order for the reader to understand what they actually did/are doing at work. An extension of this advice is that you should write use these verbs to “write clearly and concisely” in both your CV … les mer

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