I’ve taught writing. It was okay. I learned more about writing than the people I was teaching.
I’ve learned tricks about writing that I use with regularity. There is freewriting, chain and list paragraph structure, avoiding using adverbs under the pain of mortal sin [Yes, recently is in the first paragraph.], reduce if not eliminate any form of the verb “to be,” and on and on.
They are tricks. And they do work.
The Resume and Writing
What I like about writing is the way it can allow you to gather your thoughts more clearly. It’s good practice for preparing a presentation or presenting an argument.
At one time I was the coordinator of a career planning component in an educational facility. One of the mainstays of our program was assisting soon-to-be graduates in developing a resume.
Now I’m not convinced and never have been that an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper can contain everything there is to know about anyone. No way.
But for the person preparing the resume (the applicant) it can be a helpful way to get them focused for when they have to talk about and defend themselves, as in an interview.
That can be useful. But a 50 word post on a social media page — that may not get it. And a 140 character Tweet? Fahgettaboudit!
PS: Check this out. There are international competitions for resumes.
Why do you write?