The rules for writers. At a time as this when technology has taken over the local means of communication. Writing becomes of utmost importance. You could write to market a product, provide a business service or simply entertain by writing. To attract a greater audience, you must write better content.

Here are 10 tips for aspiring writers:

1. Write for yourself first, then worry about the audience:

When you write, perhaps, a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job should be to take out all the things that are not the story.

2. Don’t use passive voice:

Passive voices are for timid writers. Instead of writing, “The meal was prepared by mom”, write, “Mom prepared the meal”. Doesn’t that sound better?

3. Avoid adverbs:

As much as possible, avoid adverbs. Consider this sentence “He closed the door firmly”. This is not a terrible sentence, but ask yourself if ‘firmly’ really has to be there.

4. The magic is in you:

The magic of writing is in you. You don’t have to become a great writer before you start out. Eliminate that fear and start.

5. Read, read, and keep reading:

To be a better writer, you have to read any, and everything readable. You have to read widely, continuously improving on yourself as you do so.

6. Turn off the television:

The last thing you need as a writer is a TV. If you must become a better writer, I’m afraid, your favorite TV series has to go.

7. Stick to your own style:

One way to fail as a writer is switching to different writing styles. Stop imitating and stick to your own style.

8. You become a writer simply by writing and reading:

If you’re waiting for a writing class to attend or a seminar before you start writing, you’re merely wasting time. You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot which becomes the most valuable lessons you teach yourself.

9. Don’t write for the money:

If you think writing is about making money and money alone, you’re in for lose. Don’t write for the money if you don’t want to get heartbroken. At first, it might not really pay off, but subsequently, it will.

10. Writing is about getting happy:

As earlier stated, writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, making friends, etc. It should be about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and enriching yours too. Seeing people happy as a result of your work will ultimately make you happy.

Which of these rules do you like best?

Excerpted from Stephen King’s book, On Writing

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When a potential employer is reviewing a massive pile of resumes, it’s easy for him or her to make a quick decision based on just a few factors. Although you may have impressive skills and valuable relevant experience, if your resume doesn’t catch an employer’s eye, he may not read far enough to notice these things. To increase your chances of being noticed and snagging an interview you should include a career objective on your resume that will catch an employer’s eye.

Including a career objective is a great way to get noticed, but you also have to make sure it’s good. Many hopeful employees are tempted to fill their career objective up with flashy adjectives like “driven” or “dedicated.” While these traits are certainly great to have, your career objective is your chance to prove your worth to an employer and a long list of flashy adjectives doesn’t prove very much.

writing a career objective

Think about it from an employer’s perspective. If she receives 100 resumes and all of the applicants claim to have “excellent leadership skills” she’s probably not going to pay much attention to that claim. If everybody is describing themselves the same way, then nobody will stand out. Instead of telling an employer you have great skills, show them.

Write a career objective that is specific to your experience or to the role for which you’re applying. Have you worked in sales? If so, incorporate that information into your objective. For example:

“Sales professional with experience increasing regional profits by 30% during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.”

A statement like this does more than just tell your employer you have skills, it shows them exactly what those skills can mean when applied to a real life context.

What should you do if you don’t have work experience to incorporate into a career objective?

State your skills

In this case, it’s probably best to skip the career objective altogether. Instead of trying to fill a career objective with empty adjectives about what you might do, include a “Skills” section on your resume where you can highlight your unique skills that will be specifically applicable to this job.

career objective, skills, work skills

How to enter your skills on your Assist to Hire Profile

On the Assist To Hire website we have added a skills section to help you with this process. Just login to your employee profile and then update your page with your skills that will make you more marketable to the employers you are interested in working for. Another great tip is to add skills that are easily quantifiable such as skills with Microsoft Excel or Peachtree. By incorporating skills that are unique to you and specifically applicable to the job you’re applying for, you’ll show a potential employer that you’re both capable and prepared for the role.