Choose Your Words Carefully




Words matter. They are the most basic building blocks of written and spoken communication. 

Don’t complicate things by using jargon, technical terms, or abbreviations that people won’t understand. Choose your words carefully and be consistent in your writing style.  This challenge asks you to consider how to make your writing concise and presentable, removing excess words and flowery phrases. 

Whether you are writing your covering letter, CV or your first job application, getting to the point is essential. It doesn't matter whether you are applying to be a policy advisor or a marketing assistant, it is crucial that you use your CV and covering letter effectively.  This means ensuring you capture all pertinent information as concisely as possible.

Kathy McGinty, former state and federal environmental policy official in the USA, acting as advisor to President Bill Clinton, provides a fun example of using too many words:

"There is no escaping the fact that it is considered very important to note that a number of various available applicable studies ipso facto have generally identified the fact that additional appropriate nocturnal employment could usually keep juvenile adolescents off thoroughfares during the night hours, including but not limited to the time prior to midnight on weeknights and/or 2 a.m. on weekends."

In other words:

'More night jobs would keep youths off the streets.'

Here’s what to do!

  1. Go to Passport Challenges on the Careers & Employability Moodle page.
  2. Work through the challenge quiz.

Then what?

If you get over 75% you will automatically get 5 Passport Points.  If you get less than 75% just redo the quiz till you get the score you need. 

PLUS…the highest scorer during November 2018 will be awarded a £20 Amazon voucher!*

*If lots of you get 100% you will go into a prize draw for the voucher.

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