Successful Writing at Work: Concise Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

This user-friendly, compact text emphasizes the most necessary, useful skills and strategies for successful workplace writing. Based on the successful parent text, Successful Writing at Work, 7/e, the Concise edition maintains a practical approach, an abundance of realistic situations and problems, real-world examples, and detailed guidelines for drafting, editing, and producing professional documents and graphics.

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"I've looked at most of the other books out there for this course, and Kolin's is by far the best."

"I think the information on international audiences is always pertinent and is helpful for students, especially those from rural areas where they may not be exposed to other cultures often."

"I really use the resume section a lot. I find it incredibly important, especially at a community college level where students are working to find employment in a short amount of time, sometimes after completing my course."

"My students also really appreciate (and so do I!) the job search document chapter (resumes & cover letters)."

"The discussion of style is an integral element in the course, so I wanted a text that embodied a conversational style, that demonstrated sensitivity to the audience (students), and that practiced what it preached as far as writing is concerned. This text does that through its word choice, organization, content, use of visuals, and emphasis."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618948642
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/22/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip C. Kolin, the University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi for nearly 30 years, teaches courses in composition, business and technical writing, literature, and drama. He has served as editor of two major scholarly journals and as founding co-editor of STUDIES IN AMERICAN DRAMA (1945-present). He received the Conference of Learned Journals award for the best new journal. In addition, he was also named Southern Mississippi's first Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Dr. Kolin has published almost 30 books and 200 scholarly articles covering a variety of subjects, including writing, drama, linguistics, and folklore. He also has written a book and articles on professional writing for nurses and lawyers and has conducted workshops on technical writing. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Revision Checklist and Exercises. I. Backgrounds 1. Getting Started: Writing and Your Career Four Keys to Effective Writing Characteristics of Job-Related Writing Ethical Writing in the Workplace 2. The Writing Process at Work What Writing Is Not and Is Researching Planning Drafting Revising Editing Collaborative Writing and the Writing Process II. Correspondence 3. Writing Memos, Faxes, and E-Mails What Memos, Faxes, and E-Mails Have in Common Memos Faxes E-Mails 4. Writing Letters Letters in the Age of the Internet Letter Formats Guidelines on Printing Your Letter Parts of a Letter Making a Good Impression on Your Reader Types of Business Letters Inquiry Letters Special Request Letters Sales Letters Customer Relations Letters Writing for International Readers 5. How to Get a Job: Resumes, Letters, Applications, and Interviews Steps the Employer Takes to Hire Steps to Follow to Get Hired Analyzing Your Strengths Looking in the Right Places for a Job Preparing a Resume Letters of Application Filling Out a Job Application Going to an Interview III. Preparing Documents and Visuals 6. Designing Successful Documents, Visuals, and Web Sites Organizing Information Visually The ABCs of Print Document Design The Purpose of Visuals Two Categories of Visuals Designing a Web Site 7. Writing Instructions and Procedures Instructions and Your Job Why Instructions Are Important Overview of the Variety of Instructions and Your Audience The Process of Writing Instructions Using the Right Style Using Visuals Effectively The Five Parts of Instructions Model of Full Set of Instructions Writing Procedures for Policies and Regulations 8. Writing Effective Short Reports and Proposals Why Short Reports Are Important Short Report Types and Writing Guidelines Sales Reports Progress Reports Travel Reports Incident Reports Writing Successful Proposals Internal Proposals Sales Proposals 9. Writing Careful Long Reports Characteristics of a Long Report The Process of Writing a Long Report Parts of a Long Report Documentation A Model Long Report 10. Making Successful Presentations at Work Types of Presentations Informal Briefings Formal Presentations Analyzing Your Audience The Parts of Formal Presentations Using Visuals Rehearsing and Delivering Presentations Evaluating Presentations A Writer's Brief Guide to Paragraphs, Sentences, and Words Paragraphs Sentences Words Proofreading Marks

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