Why a Resource Devoted to Business Writing?
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2010 that communication skills were considered by employers to be the most important skill for job success (Graduate With Skills, Not Just a Degree). Yet despite the importance of communication skills, The Conference Board reported in 2008 that college graduates continue to have deficiencies in basic writing skills (New Graduates' Workforce Readiness: The Mid-Market Perspective). Improving your writing skills will help you to stand out in a crowd of applicants in an increasingly competitive job market.
Strong writing skills will also help to contribute to your career success. You may have the greatest ideas in the world, but if you can't communicate them clearly and persuasively, they will do little to advance your career. As you rise to leadership and management positions, communication skills become even more crucial --businesspeople who can't communicate well seldom advance to senior positions within a company.
Changes in technology have only increased the need for strong writing skills. Electronic mail has become the primary means of communication; therefore, workers must be able to write clear, concise, and professional e-mail messages in order to be successful in the workplace. Newer communication technologies such as instant messaging, text messaging, the Web, intranets, video conferencing, social networking software, and wikis are reshaping the way we communicate at work, and require strong writing skills in order to be used effectively.
In today's global business environment, staying connected with people requires excellent communication skills. Use this business writing resource wisely to improve your communication skills and increase your chances of career success.