My field is education. I'd been working in it for 19 years when I decided I wanted to be a school-based administrator. I was job-seeking all over again. Not a problem, though, I had sought jobs successfully in the past and thought this next interview would be no different. I knew the drill:
- Chit Chat
- Review of my credentials
- Strong handshake to finish
Then, something new was added as I walked out the door. I was given a fictitious school and a school-wide crisis with which to deal. I was handed a piece of paper and was told to craft a letter to the parents of my students to inform them of the "crisis" and what I would be doing about it. As I sat at the table that was placed just outside the interview room, a 15-minute deadline was added.
Communication is paramount in today's workplace. In fact, the required evaluation form that I use with my employees has me evaluating the communication skills of not just my teachers, but also the secretaries and custodians. Verbal skills always jump to the front of the mind in these cases, but writing is just as important. Many organizations now require a writing sample to be submitted with the application.
Kathrine Brooks shares five tips to improving your writing sample that you provide to prospective employers. Promoting proactivity and providing an unsolicited sample, checking your grammar and spelling, to tailoring the topic to fit the job for which you are applying, she gives good advice for improving the quality of your writing sample to nail that job.