Writing Tip: Keep Practicing Other Forms of Writing

photo-9If you are an aspiring writer, you should always continue to practice writing in any form. Just because you love reading and writing poetry, doesn’t mean you should just focus on poetry. Writing comes in handy in many ways, and it doesn’t hurt to improve your writing skills should other writing opportunities arise. Not only should you learn creative writing, but honing your business writing skills can also help, depending on the type of job you do.

I’ve been in the administrative field for about 15 years now, and I’ve had to write a variety of publications. I was chosen for my current job working in property management because of my writing experience. Some of the publications required during my tenure included:

Emails – most businesses now use email to communicate between employees and customers. My job requires that I communicate with residents and board members, so emails must be proficient and done in a professional manner.

Notices and Signs – there are certain rules and regulations that have to be sent out and posted on the property where I work. These have to be clear and concise so that residents can easily understand. Sometimes I even have to get creative to make certain words stand out, so that the message captures the attention of people walking by.

Newsletter articles – I often keep the residents up to date with building events and the happenings of the town in the newsletter each month. Sometimes I also have to come up with original articles related to procedures and rules, so I have to get a little creative with them.

Warnings & Violations– tenants often will push the limits and break the rules. We have to treat each offense differently, make sure we quote the laws accordingly, and make each resident understand why a violation was issued. These notices have to be worded carefully, so writing them can be a challenge.

Resumes – because many see my writing on a monthly basis, I have also been asked to help with writing a resume. I was taught how to write one in high school and college, but you should always keep up to date with resume formats and change yours with each job.

When writing in a professional setting, avoid using slang, acronyms, and make sure to double check your spelling and grammar. Refrain from writing like many do on social media and in text messages. Those little errors reflect on your skills and experience, and can possibly cost you the job.

2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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