Why Writing Well Is So Important

It’s really funny that I continue to write this blog about job hunting because I am no longer looking for a job,  I have my own company.  I think it’ s funny because I am not an expert;  just someone who’s been through it and who learned a lot.

I like to write and so a blog was a natural fit for me.  But there’s writing and then there’s writing well. This isn’t about spelling or even grammar per se.  Practicing writing; not emails, not twitter, not just your resume,  but writing to clearly communicate is important for job seekers.

I am always surprised when people tell me they don’t customize their resume for each job. How else is the hiring manager going to envision you in the job if you don’t tell them, specifically, how your qualifications match the job requirements.

Here’s an example of a way to customize a cover letter (called a t-style) that highlights the job requirements and how your skills match those needs. I suggest you practice writing whenever you can. Ask for feedback. When you go back to work, you’ll be glad you kept your writing skills sharp.

Your Specifications: “A strong background in organizations going through transformations…”

My Background:  Jones Intercable, Fresh Express, and iLogistix were going through major transformations; 1.) Jones Intercable from a regional operator to sixth largest cable company, 2.) Fresh Express from a food service company to a major packaged goods company that successfully competed with industry giants to maintain top market share, and 3.) iLogistix from national service organization to a global organization. In all these cases, I teamed with other senior executives to deal with a high level of change successfully build organizations to go to the next level.
Your Specifications “…a strong knowledge of labor relations.”
My Background: Have dealt with a number of unions and successfully negotiated contracts including…

Work As Collaboration – Freelancers Please Apply

I’ve already had three careers. I was a foreign language teacher, then I was an information consultant and now I work  in marketing. These changes were my choice and a natural progression of my interests.

For many of us, the way we have worked in the past has changed. Most of us will no longer work for one employer for a lifetime; we’ll need to act as freelancers who ‘market’ their skills to organizations who pay to get work done.

For employers, the economics of this might make sense but how can they be sure that their ad hoc work team has the right skills? How do they compensate them?

For workers, how will we keep our skills up to date? How will we get benefits? How will employers find us? What skills will we need to negotiate our new contracts? These are just a few of the questions that we and the next generation of workers will need to face.

Technology is enabling new ways of working together. Google Wave, cloud computing, Google docs and Basecamp are just a few examples of current tools that are changing the way we work.

Sure there still will be plenty of ‘regular’ jobs, but it’s worthwhile for all of us to think about what we will need to do to rise to this challenge. Entrepreneurs have a golden opportunity to create the tools for the coming freelance boom.

For more thoughts about the changing nature of work check out, Predictions for 2010: Five Changes in the Way We Work. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.