Academic Writing

21 Professional Opportunities

Good writing and communication skills can help you to be more successful professionally. As a member of a professional or working community, you may also find that you are required to write. You will write for job applications, you will write resumes, and you might even write reports. You will also probably need to write informally on the job (e.g., in writing and answering email messages and perhaps informal reports). You may need to write a proposal some day or take part in an evaluation.

Writing can also help you with employability skills. The Conference Board of Canada lists many attributes desired by employers in the website’s Employability Skills section. Writing is included in many different skill sets (as are many of the skills you will learn in this text).

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  • This chapter was adapted from “Professional Opportunities” in The Word on College Reading and Writing by Carol Burnell, Jaime Wood, Monique Babin, Susan Pesznecker, and Nicole Rosevear, which is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 Licence. Adapted by Allison Kilgannon.

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