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Packed with real-world examples, SUCCESSFUL WRITING AT WORK: CONCISE, 4e delivers a practical yet succinct introduction to effective workplace writing for a variety of communication tasks. Based on the market-leading SUCCESSFUL WRITING AT WORK, 10e, the CONCISE edition covers the most essential skills for effective workplace communication. The text begins with writing basics, emphasizing the characteristics of effective writing, the writing process, ethics, and the importance of audience. It covers basic business correspondence, walks students through formatting letters for a variety of business situations, and features a step-by-step chapter on getting a job. More advanced chapters focus on document design and visuals, writing instructions and procedures, writing reports, proposals, and making business presentations. The Fourth Edition emphasizes ethical considerations throughout as well as integrates guidelines for greening the workplace.
"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."
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.
Preface. 1. Getting Started: Writing and Your Career. 2. The Writing Process and Collaboration at Work. 3. E-Communications at Work. 4. Preparing Correspondence: Some Basics for Writing to Audiences Worldwide. 5. How to Get a Job: Searches, Networking, Dossiers, Portfolios, Webfolios, Resumes, Letters, Interviews, and Transitioning to a Civilian Job. 6. Designing Successful Documents, Visuals, and Websites. 7. Writing Instructions and Procedures. 8. Writing Effective Short Reports and Proposals. 9. Documenting and Writing Careful Long Reports. 10. Making Successful Presentations at Work. Index.