Next week, I start a new internship, which I am thoroughly excited about. This has got me thinking back to that time of hunting through job posts and filling out applications. I’ve been reflecting a bit on what it takes to stand out from the crowd. I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the best ways to do this is by showcasing exceptional writing skills. So much of the application and even interview processes are dependent on your ability to write! I even had an interview that required a writing exercise to be completed prior to the face-to-face interview. This is good news for us writer folk since we get plenty of practice doing this on a regular basis. However, you may find that writing in a professional sphere is very different than creative writing and writing for fun. This isn’t to say that creative writing cannot be a profession! In fact, I hope to make one out of it someday. Rather, I am referring to the technical writing required by resumes and for most professional positions. In light of all the time I spent writing for job applications, I thought I’d lay out some quick tips for writing for this type of audience. These tips are very general guidelines, however, it is important, of course, to tailor all of these suggestions to the specific job that you are applying for. Which leads me to No. 1.
If you have moseyed on over to my little corner of the internet, odds are you are drawn to the written craft. Whether you’re an avid reader, a technical journalist, or a creative poet, you none the less gravitate towards written language. It is the way you choose to escape, reflect and communicate. I think it’s safe to say that all of us here have a passion for writing. But as a writer, I often find myself asking the age-old question. Why? Why do we write? Is it because we are insane? Is it due to the fact that we are told time and time anew how important it is to be able to write? Or is it because we simply aren’t good at anything else? No matter who you are as a writer, the question we get from everyone, ourselves included, always seems to be the same. Why write?