Guest Author - Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger
Writing is considered one of the most important transferrable skills for employees to possess. The quality of writing is what first captures a job recruiter’s attention and helps determine your qualifications. As distance learners, students are continually adapting and improving their writing skills because it is their main avenue for communicating with fellow students and instructors, whereas in a classroom environment, verbal communication is typically used.
For some, writing is a natural process that comes with ease. The words just seem to come naturally and flow with perfect grammar and clarity. For others, it is a real struggle. Many find writing to be like a puzzle in which the rules of grammar are confusing, finding the right words to represent intended meanings is a difficult task, and assembling the flow of words for an idea becomes frustrating. The fact remains, some individuals find writing papers as challenging as others find math problems.
Ensuring that your quality of writing is up to par for a job search is vital. When drafting a resume, cover letter, and personal statement, if you lack confidence in your writing ability, it is always wise to have a second pair of eyes review the documents prior to submission. If you are friends with an English teacher or editor, approach them about your concerns, and ask them to review the document and make recommendations for improvements. Another alternative, if you have the means, is to hire an editing service. There are many reasons people hire editing services, and there is no reason to be ashamed to do so. Your ultimate goal is to project the best first impression possible, so the small investment you make for an editing service is likely to be money well spent.
Thanks to the evolution of information technology, there are many editing services available online today. One such editing service is called ProofreadingPal. It is a valuable resource that provides professional editing to help tailor your resume, curriculum vitae, academic research papers, manuscripts, or business documents. The professional editors review your documents for punctuation and grammatical errors, sentence structure and flow, wordsmithing, and clarity. You are charged per word, and the turnaround time is flexible, anywhere from 90 minutes to 5 days, depending on how much you would like to invest.
Another alternative you may want to consider is utilizing the university library or tutoring services for editing purposes. Some universities offer editing services free of charge as long as you are enrolled for a course at the time of the service. Unlike professional editing services, university online tutors will provide you with suggestions for improvements within the document rather than making the edits for you. You can modify the document and submit it back several times until you get it right; this may be the best option for learning purposes. Either way, ensuring your documents are error free is a great way to make a good first impression.
To learn more visit Proofreadingpal.com, or your university website.
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