Business writing is important for everyone looking to join or already in the workforce, as basic business writing skills allow you to communicate clearly and professionally with peers, supervisors and employers. A few of the most important places to practice this kind of professional communication are cover letters, thank you notes, and emails.
A cover letter is a short message sent with a job application that tells the employer a little about yourself, your qualifications, and why you are interested in applying for the particular job. And while cover letters are not always mandatory, a well-written cover letter can create a great first impression, showcase your personality and enthusiasm, and be a key part of your application that gets you in the door for an interview.
Sending a thank you note after an interview is a great way to set yourself apart from the competition, as according to an article by CNBC, only 24% of HR managers reported receiving thank you notes from applicants. A proper thank you note allows you to reiterate your interest and eagerness about the job, and will put you a step ahead of the other applicants.
And lastly, proper business writing in regards to emails applies not only during the job application process, but the skills apply during the time of employment as well. Polished emails will make you seem professional and enable you to clearly communicate with those around you, which will help you as you advance in your career.
To improve or refresh your business writing skills, sign up for Wardrobe for Opporuntiy’s business writing workshop here. This free workshop, taught by Diablo Valley College Professor Mariam Worsham, takes place online on March 19, and will keep you up to date on all the best business writing practices to help you get or maintain your dream job.