October 28, 2005
1. What writing skills do you find most necessary for the employees that you
at October 28, 2005 3:11 PM
2. What's on your "wish list" of how you would like the U of M to prepare
your potential employees to write in your company?
Writing skills should be accurate and fun.
The ability to draw one in and hold them and then drive home the point and make a person really think.
Having graduated from the U of M, I appreciate what I have taken with me when it comes to writing correctly to get my thoughts across. When a co-worker, who has not gone to college, writes something with numerous spelling errors, I cringe! It amazes me how many people, even those who HAVE gone to college, miss the boat when it comes to simple spelling and sentence structure.
To me it is imperative to come into the workplace with, at least, the basics abilities of creating correct sentences with correct spelling. And, with a more and more diverse employee pool, it is important to express ourselves clearly and precisely so that those, who have moved here from other countries, can easily understand those who were. Lastly, I fix many of my co-workers writing errors. That's fine. Call it job security!
Well, as you can see, I didn't proof my own work very well. Looks like I need my own proofreader! Terry
1. Writing with accurate punctuation
2. Being careful not to use business jargon without explaining what it means within the text
Opinion: Writing often reflects the way a person speaks and thinks. If a resume' is written poorly, I would not hire the individual.
Oral and written communication skills are high on our screening list for new hires.
Personally I look for the following:
1. The ability to express thoughts and ideas in a logical coherent manner.
2. Good writing fundamentals - spelling, grammar, correct use of words, etc.
3. Good vocabulary.
An individual's resume is often a good indication of the foregoing. It is amazing how many resumes are delivered with spelling and punctuation errors. Also the manner in which an individual crafts sentences or bullet points to describe skills, experience and career objectives, can be quite revealing.
I loved my Freshman English class back in 1958! I learned enough about producing a readable term paper to get through college and grad school.
I am empathetic to people with writing disabilities. I hope the task force will assist students with special needs. I absolutely need a my spellchecker. Often I have to write sevetal drafts to make sure that my organization.