Coalition Application Essays 2018-2019

With the 2018-2019 college application season upon us, there is another shared college application besides The Common Application heading to the forefront: the Coalition for College, or Coalition application. Since its start in 2015 for the 2016-2017 college admissions season, the Coalition for College has promoted broader, more inclusive, and more affordable access to higher…

College Application Essays 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 college application process is arriving, and with it comes the anxiety most students experience when writing their college application essays. While the rest of the admissions application is straightforward with checking and filling in boxes, the college admissions application essay is the only portion that allows for creativity, self-expression, uniqueness, and personality. It…

Resumes: The Benefits of Hiring a Writing Consultant

In need of a new resume but unsure of how to go about doing it? When it comes time for a new resume—whether for sudden unemployment, a career change, or a pending promotion—there are three main options available: do it yourself, hire an online resume writing company, or consult directly with a resume writing professional….

Preparing for a Career Change or Job Search

Preparing for a career change or job search means putting your best foot forward, first on paper with a resume and then in person during the job interview. In the competitive world of job searching, there are no second chances to make a first impression: every word, response, and gesture count! Getting Started So, how…

Business Writing Strategies

As business writing professionals know, writing sits at the backbone of professional communication. Writing provides a vehicle for professionals to share ideas and implement action across a variety of formats—from brief emails, social media posts, and marketing materials to longer correspondence and business documents. When communicating professionally, it is essential to write succinctly, correctly, and…

National Grammar Day Is March 4th!

What Is Grammar? Grammar is the system and structure of a language, the set of rules used to create phrases and sentences to convey meaning. The English language contains more than one million words so we can precisely express our thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions,  perspectives, desires, messages, and actions. The more you know about English…

Is Your Writing Offensive? How to Use Inclusive, Politically Correct Language

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” -Robert F. Kennedy…

Is It All Right to Use Alright?

All Right vs. Alright: Is It All Right to Use Alright? Despite the common appearance of “alright,” it is not officially a word. Some writing resources refer to it as an alternative spelling for “all right,” but “all right” is the correct spelling. To make sure you are right in formal writing, stick with “all…

Two, Second or Secondly? Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers Explained

Cardinal numbers indicate how many, and ordinal numbers indicate a position. For example, “two” tells us that we have two of something. “Second,” the ordinal counterpart of “two,” tells us that someone/something is second from the first in line, ranking or any other type of order. A good way to remember this distinction is that…

Ignite Your Resume for 2018 Career Success!

Although a successful resume still requires effective content, organization, and presentation, technology platforms such as job boards, career and recruiting sites, social media, and applicant tracking systems (ATS) have had a substantial impact on resume writing and job searches. A winning resume must be readable, well-ordered, and error-free while concisely highlighting your aptitudes and concrete…