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What makes people pick you?

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This week I have been skimming through hundreds of résumés submitted by prospective field officers for the census. It occurred to me that I was just scanning them to pick up key words. I was looking for education key words,

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Saying, “Sorry,” in Business

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Have you ever had to apologise to someone at work, or to one of your clients? When you’ve made a mistake it’s often necessary to apologise before a good working relationship is destroyed. In business, it’s far more difficult to

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How To Handle Email Bullies

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Cyber bullying includes bullying via any electronic communications method such as text messages, emails, instant messaging, and social media. It’s bullying when it’s used to threaten or humiliate someone. The consequences of cyber-bullying are serious, and can be just as

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10 Tips For Revamping Your Résumé

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10 Tips For Revamping Your Résumé Recently, as many of you know, I applied for the job of district manager for the census. I went through the application process, revised my résumé, looked over those skills that I needed to do

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The Three Essential Tips for Courtesy in Business Writing

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Do you get annoyed when sitting in a quiet carriage if people talk, ignoring the comfort of others? I’m writing this in a quiet carriage, listening to the exploits of the grandchildren of the woman in front of me—and, no,

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Slugs and Snails and Puppy-Dogs’ Tails…

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I’m sure you’ve experienced this: several things all happening close together, all focussing your attention on the same thing. Three recent events converged to remind me about gender-neutral language. As some of you know, I recently started a new contract

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Your ‘About Me’ page

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‘About Me’ pages, CVs, bios, résumés etc This week, after deciding not to take on any new clients for one-off writing jobs, I have been swamped with requests for either résumé and cv writing, linked-in profile writing, or rewriting ‘about

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A Heartbreaking Personal Story

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It’s been an unnerving and scary month, filled with tragedy and hope. I don’t just mean the terrorist attacks all over the world, which were undeniably tragic. I mean this in a far more personal way. My youngest son, Alex,

Posted in The Family Memory Project, writing

How will you tell them?

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My children used to love stories. I spend a lot of my spare time reading and writing and enjoy escaping into the world of the story. The other day, the owner of Business in Heels Illawarra, posted about the importance

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Your most important message

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My daughter writes the most amazingly touching cards for our birthdays, mothers’ day, and fathers’ day. She does it right. But I have seen some very poor messages, and some very embarrassing ones. What makes a good message? We send

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