From the category archives:

Business/Tech Writing

Communication Disaster, for Job Hunting

by Dr Davis on October 30, 2013

Cadbury gives a response to an unsuccessful job applicant.

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For Business Writing

by Dr Davis on August 28, 2013

How to Produce Your Own Video Résumé

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Business Writing: Résumé Options

by Dr Davis on November 15, 2012

Some really wild, mostly graphic designer, résumés.

I really need to make sure to use these in Business Writing.

I also need to create my own regular and enhanced resume before class starts in the spring.

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Signal v Noise

by Dr Davis on October 27, 2012

This is something I think I will share with my business writing students–the re-design of a website, explained and illustrated in process.

The Typography and Layout behind the new Signal vs. Noise redesign
Mig Reyes wrote this on Oct 19 / 63 comments

We’ve been sharing our process and company values on Signal vs. Noise since 1999. It’s where we’ve planted the seeds for Getting Real and REWORK. And for many readers, it’s their first taste of 37signals. Yet, we haven’t given the look and feel any serious attention since 2005.

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Writing Cover Letters

by Dr Davis on July 22, 2012

I haven’t taken the advice on how to write a cover letter given in this blog post at Sell Out Your Soul, but it sounds intriguing.

I think it would be a good idea to share with my Business Writing students. Perhaps yours could benefit as well.

The main issue is, cover letters often ask the employer to take risks with their resources. That should not be done.

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What Hiring Managers Really Want to Know

by Dr Davis on February 10, 2012

A post from 99%.

Drive?
Initiative?
Persuasive?
Ability to deal with ambiguity?
Cross-disciplinary?

Go to the post to read more.

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Visual Persuasion

by Dr Davis on January 12, 2012

A two-fer. Two useful posts/pages from Tempered Radical.

These are important for my classes, both FYC and Business Writing. So I thought they might be relevant for you too.

First, Visual Persuasion resources, links, and information.

Then, PowerPoint can be better. 5 Tips for Creating PP Slides that Won’t Bore Your Audience

However, with the proverb “A word to the wise is sufficient” in mind, I will quote Presentation Zen:

One thing we need to constantly remind ourselves is that slides and other forms of projected visualization—no matter how “cool” they may be—are not appropriate for every context. Multimedia is great for presentations before large groups such as keynote addresses or conference presentations, but in meetings where you want to actively discuss issues or go over details in depth, slides—especially the snooze-inducing bulletpoint variety, which are never a good idea—are almost always counter productive.

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Notes for Business Writing

by Dr Davis on January 10, 2012

6 Things Interviewers Are (or Should Be) Looking For

Something to think about.

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20 Creative Resume Designs

by Dr Davis on January 9, 2012

Some crazy stuff. Does it work?

20 Creative Resume Designs

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For Business Writing

by Dr Davis on January 4, 2012

20 Resume Tactics to Avoid

Too often, job seekers get overly creative or personal with their résumés in order to make an impression, but irrelevant information and goofy details can be perceived as unprofessional and may cause the résumé to be rejected on the spot.

Some of them were particularly poor choices. For example:
“Candidate included that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.”

Others were particularly odd choices.
“Candidates — a husband and wife looking to job share — submitted a co-written poem.”

Some were the result of poor editing.
“Candidate said that he would be a “good asset to the company,” but failed to include the “et” in the word ‘asset.’”

Some were clearly lacking professionalism.
“Candidate’s email address on the résumé had “shakinmybootie” in it.”

All of them were actually done. All of them sunk the candidate.

These are the kinds of things we need to make sure to talk about with our business writing students. Sometimes they too can’t tell the difference between “catching attention” and “going down in flames.”

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