If you are looking for or will be looking for a job at some point in your life — that includes almost everyone reading this, right? — please consider what a business owner in the Detroit area found when he posted two open positions.
The first was for a part-time customer service position, and the second was for a full-time business-development manager.
Of the hundreds of résumés submitted through Indeed and LinkedIn, about 10 for each position qualified as “maybe,” and three were interviewed for each. Continue →
Email continues to be our primary mode of business communication. It’s often the first contact you have with — and the first impression you make on — a potential customer or employer.
A mastery of grammar helps you choose the right words and punctuation. This infographic has tips that show you not only how to compose a message that’s effective; it shows you how to create an email that’s visually pleasing and easy to read. Continue →
What is grammar? It encompasses the words you choose, how you string them together, and how you punctuate them to give them meaning.
To recognize National Grammar Day, which this year falls on March 4, the following post examines 11 sentences that demonstrate why grammar matters. I point out the grammatical errors in each and offer a suggested rewrite.
Inaccurate placement of the modifier only continues to abound.
I’ve written about only before, and I’ve continued to save examples. Those with a misplaced only far outweigh those where only is in the right spot: closest to the word it modifies. Because the margin is so great, I’m climbing back onto my soapbox. Continue →
How can you not think of Santa Claus when you read or hear that eruption of laughter?!
A recent post by Mark Nichol at Daily Writing Tips suggests that a trio of ho’s represents “full-bodied mirth.”
Santa’s “Ho, ho, ho!” gives rise to thoughts of other ways we express laughter, in both speaking and writing. The amusement that prompts laughter presents a grammatical challenge: When we write about laughter, how do we spell and punctuate it? Continue →