04 / 11 / 15
Should you always send a cover letter with your CV (résumé)?
One of our Emphasis 360 members has emailed to ask if it’s always necessary to write a cover letter when applying for jobs or internships. Their view is that they’ve worked hard to perfect their CV (curriculum vitae – also known as a résumé) and that it should just ‘speak for itself’. I can see […]
16 / 10 / 15
60-second fix: Do you write Kind regards or Kind Regards?
When you’ve finished an email, all you need is a friendly, professional sign off. And there’s one popular choice. That choice is ‘Kind regards’. For most work emails, it’s hard to go wrong with this. It’s succinct and it’s professional. Yet every day, I get emails from people following my free Improve your grammar email […]
23 / 09 / 15
How to write numbers, part 2: when to use hyphens
Things can get complicated when big numbers or long division are involved – not least when you have to write numbers out. The question even extends to the punctuation you should use – especially hyphens. For instance, do you need hyphens in long numbers when you write them as words? Or in ages? What about […]
18 / 09 / 15
Keep your doing words doing
There are some words that just drag your writing down. They’re heavy and dull, and they have a nasty habit of lugging even more weight in with them. They make the person reading your writing work way too hard to understand your meaning. And, the fact is, they might not even bother. The good news is that once you get used to […]
02 / 09 / 15
Seven ways to show the people you email you care (no need for xoxo)
Signing off an email with ‘Love and kisses’ tends to be frowned upon in business correspondence. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can show your reader you care. Or excellent reasons why you might. The power to make an email’s recipient (or, indeed, anyone) a bit happier is within all our grasps, […]
23 / 06 / 15
Dare to be different
Just because someone has been writing documents for years, that doesn’t mean they’re doing it well. I wish it were that simple. The fact is that many people succeed despite their writing, not because of it. As we said in this recent post, that’s why your standard shouldn’t only be to write like everyone else […]
27 / 05 / 15
Want to improve your writing? Improve your reading first
No-one ever said writing documents was easy. If you’re like a lot of people, the idea of having to put your own words to paper (or computer screen) makes you want to run and hide in the stationery cupboard. But consider this: it might not be your writing skills that are the problem. It could […]
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