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Five things recruiters look for in a cover letter

There’s a lot of advice out there on the best way to write a cover letter, mostly focused on avoiding mistakes. Career-skill programs typically like to familiarize students with “killer lines” or genre-specific formalities, or with the dos and don’ts of language or layout. This often leads to the (faulty)…


Applying design thinking to content creation

When we create content for online channels, we usually work with a hypothesis on what we think users need or want. We make content choices based on this hypothesis. When the product of this ‘guesswork’ goes live, it is then put to test. Do people interact and engage with it?

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Case Study Research Design

Two tutorials on Case Study Research Design are now available. Case studies are frequently used in research and occasionally used loosely.  However, case studies have a unique nature, logic and a versatile design. Two new tutorials are now available guiding you through  what case studies are and how to design…


Student coaching sessions: Some tutor impressions

Scores of students have received individual coaching sessions with Writing Hub tutors over the past weeks. What have we, as tutors, discovered? Here are some provisional findings.


CV season: Aviod sily miStacks

(Photo: cvonline.me)As you hurtle towards the end of the semester and the end of your studies, many of you will be working on your job applications. While companies increasingly use on line applications forms, the traditional CV is still usually part of your dossier. Barclays Bank runs a Life Skills platform to…


The Boom of Essay mills

This company offers to write your paper for you so that “you do not have the stress” of doing so. There is no mention that their product is against regulations of most universities/colleges. Indications are that students are increasingly turning to the so-called essay mills to write their scientific papers…


Decoding job vacancy texts

A job ad for a communications manager which shows up in the decoder as being male-biased.Do the texts in job vacancies impact whether men or women apply? An article in The Guardian argues that recent advertisements for headteacher posts show clear…


Scientific editing: a many-level task

Editing your paper or article has to be done at different levels. Dawn Field wrote on the Oxford University Press (OUP) blog this week that there are four main stages.


Key success factor of good writing: Organisation

Organisation is key success factorThe key success factor of a good text is good language. Right?Not necessarily so. Many texts I see, be they research papers, journal articles or theses, contain some pretty impressive vocabulary and have complex sentences which are mostly grammatically correct. However, often they do…