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How important are writing skills in your job search and career?

By Autumn McClenaghan on Mar 25, 2013

I was recently interviewed by a colleague for an upcoming student newsletter about Career Services. One of the questions was “How can a student’s writing skills help them in their career?”

It is an important question. Most positions have some level of a writing component, so strong writing skills can be an asset. Writing requirements of course can vary depending on the position and could include interoffice memos and emails, creating employee handbooks, proposals, legal documents, journals and articles, instructions and directions, and information for large audiences, such as a press release.

Employers are looking for candidates who can write clearly, that can convey information that cannot be misunderstood, and is free of spelling and grammatical errors. As a job seeker, you need to make sure you are showcasing this in your resume and cover letter. These are your first impression to the employer and if your cover letter and/or resume have errors, what will that say about any writing you would do for the company?

Keep copies of your writing samples to include in your portfolio to highlight your writing skills. This could include papers you have written for classes, examples of writing at work such as proposals, and any blogs or articles you have written.

Check out How Your Writing Style Affects Your Job Search by Jessica Simko. She looks as professional writing style, thinking about your audience (colleagues? friends?) when approaching your style, and the importance of writing samples.


Topics: Career

Author Autumn McClenaghan of Brandman University

Autumn McClenaghan

As the Director of Career Planning and Development at Brandman University, I work with students to help them reach their career goals. I invite you to subscribe and revisit the Brandman Blog to find information and stories about professional development topics such as resume building, job interviews, career planning, social media and more!