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14 “A” Words That People Misuse

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Writing with 2 Comments
14 “A” Words That People Misuse

Words That People Misuse Have you ever heard someone say “ain’t”, and thought—they should improve their grammar? Most of us have probably thought that at some point. But perhaps we shouldn’t judge too harshly, because there are many words that are misused on a daily basis. They might not seem as bad as ain’t, but some […]

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Business Redundancies

Written by on November 28, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Uncategorized, Writing with 0 Comments
Business Redundancies

List of Business Redundancies    Everyday speech, television, movies, books, emails, and all other forms of communication are riddled with redundancies. Most of it is harmless, of no consequence, but if you want to present yourself in the best light, try learning a few of the more common business redundancies. These appear frequently on resumes, […]

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When Is Midnight?

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Grammar, Writing with 0 Comments
When Is Midnight?

Clarifying What We Mean—When Is Midnight? During one of my book promotions, the people running the ad sent me this message: Hi Giacomo, I will be posting your book, Murder Has Consequences, as a bargain book on Wednesday, 7/17. Please leave your book on sale until midnight 7/18. Thanks, Administrator I thought to myself, but when […]

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5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Writing with 0 Comments
5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Resume Mistakes People think recruiters and resume writers exaggerate when we say that resume mistakes kill your chances of an interview. The truth is more complicated than that simple statement. Mistakes do kill resumes, but not for the reasons you might think. Before we go into all of the details of why mistakes matter, let’s look at […]

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Power Words For Resumes

Written by on May 12, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, resume tips, Writing with 2 Comments
Power Words For Resumes

Power Words For Resumes Words can be very powerful. And since your resume is—by necessity—limited to a page or two, it is important that the words you use have impact. Resumes consist of incomplete sentences and bullet points; you can’t afford to use weak or passive verbs. I compiled this list from many sources, including […]

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How To Write A Cover Letter

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Blog, Careers, cover letters, Resumes, Writing with 4 Comments
How To Write A Cover Letter

Cover Letter Basics I’ve seen a lot written lately questioning the value of cover letters. Some articles go so far as to say including a cover letter is detrimental. I say bull… nonsense. I’ll address that issue in another post; for today, we’re going to deal with the finer details of writing a cover letter. […]

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You Keep Using That Word…

Written by on December 9, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, Uncategorized, Writing with 0 Comments
You Keep Using That Word…

A lot of writing, whether or not it’s books or, especially formal business writing, has become excessively bloated, quite pretentious, and very confusing. It has been heavily bogged down with redundancies, and it seems to be quickly getting much worse. Whoa! I hope you made it this far, because if it had been me reading […]

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Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Written by on November 18, 2013 in Blog, Grammar, Misused Words, resume tips, Writing with 12 Comments
Two-Dollar Words Make You Look Like An Ass

Two-Dollar Words Many people think that the bigger the word you use the better it sounds. They seem to equate the number of syllables, or scarcity of word usage to sounding scholarly. What these people don’t understand is that the trick is not to find the biggest word, but the word that works best in […]

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Sloppy Emails

Written by on July 19, 2013 in Blog, Writing with 2 Comments
Sloppy Emails

Business Emails According to Mashable, there are approximately 145 billion emails sent every day. No matter how you count it, that’s a lot of emails. I receive quite a few from people looking for jobs, inquiring about the market, or sometimes just asking me if I know how to reach someone we both know. The […]

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