If we have an in-house writer, why does it even matter if I can write well? There’s an old saying, Sloppy language is a sign of a sloppy mind. The saying has been attributed to a whole variety of people, but the underlying tenet is universal: writing helps you sort through your thoughts and ideas in a coherent way. Writing and critical thinking are intricately … Continue reading How clear writing helps your critical thinking skills
You need to read. That’s it. That’s the post. Actually, there’s much more to it (for instance, you also need to write), but if you remember one thing today, that’s it. If you want to write, first you need to read. What are you reading, and what do you want to write? A few years ago, I was talking with someone I consider a fantastic … Continue reading Want to be a writer? You need to do this one thing.
Over many years, I’ve vetted, interviewed, hired, and contributed to a variety of teams’ processes to hire dozens of writers and editors. Some have been for freelance or contract roles; others for full-time salaried positions. Some have been for copywriting roles, others have been UX writing, blog writing, and email writing. Different companies have different hiring processes, and therefore every company’s vetting and reviewing process … Continue reading I’ve reviewed hundreds of writing resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Here’s how to make yours stand out.
For many writers who work in-house in tech or tech-adjacent fields, the ability to prioritize projects is a skill that doesn’t necessarily come naturally. It’s something you need to learn. Knowing which projects will need the most brainpower, time, and effort is not by default built in to your day-to-day life, and it can be very different working at an agency or as a freelancer. … Continue reading How to prioritize your writing projects
At my first “real” job out of college, someone gave me a piece of advice that’s stuck with me ever since. “If you need to go to your manager with a problem,” they said, “bring at least one idea for a solution. Even better if you can bring three solutions.” I was floored. Wasn’t solving problems my manager’s job? After grudgingly taking their advice, I … Continue reading Creative team managers: ask this one critical question to help employees solve problems