He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 2

In our previous post, we covered honorifics, but what about pronouns in general? Despite being female, I have bad habits regarding gender neutrality in my speech and my writing. I moved to California from Texas five years ago. In Texas, it’s common practice to approach a group of people and say, “Hey guys!” even when …

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He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 1

With so many Hollywood executives and actors in the news lately because of sexual harassment allegations, it seems like the perfect time to discuss gender neutrality in writing. While it’s always important to avoid gender bias in writing, it’s especially important in professional documents. Let's begin, shall we? As a Prospective Employee: Let’s say you’re …

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Better Know A Department: Environmental Studies

Welcome to the second installment of the Better Know a Department series! Our next discipline is Environmental Studies, and our 100W tutor Michelle White has some insightful responses from Shannon Bane, an instructor from the department. With over thirteen years of instruction (and a year spent in our Writing Center as a Faculty-in-Residence), Shannon Bane …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 2

Welcome to the second - and final - section of this series. Now that you have a more complete understanding of what constitutes academic writing, we can move on and observe professional writing. Professional writing is defined as a type of written communication usually conducted and executed in the workplace. Professional writing usually involves the …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 1

Some of our readers might be graduating in December.  As a preview to the types of writing you can expect in your future, we're doing a short series highlighting the differences between academic and professional writing. Here's Part I: Finishing up an academic degree and moving into a professional setting can present its own set …

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Better Know a Department: Comm Studies

Welcome to the first post in our new and exciting blog series: Better Know a Department! In this series, our 100W tutors will be interviewing their instructors with a set list of questions to help our readers learn a bit more about the writing opportunities and expectations in various academic disciplines. Enya Gomez interviewed Professor …

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Writing for Business series #2: Writing the Cover Letter

By Vanessa Palencia Gone are the old days when you could just walk into a business and request an application or simply turn in a résumé. Now, a cover letter is often required (in addition to your résumé) to apply for a job. What is a cover letter? A cover letter is simply a more …

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Writing for Business Series #1: Active Voice & Strong Action Verbs for Résumés

By Vanessa Palencia According to GlassDoor.com, San José is considered the top city in the United States for job seekers to obtain a job. With over 60,000 job openings and an estimated 1 million people residing in San Jose, the competition is tough. A higher education and a good level of expertise is often needed …

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The Write Job for You!

More often than not, if you're any form of Humanities major in college, you'll be asked this question from well-meaning people: Well, guess what? There are plenty of other jobs, especially in the tech sector, designed for Humanities majors/writers!* Here's a brief overview so you can discuss these roles next time someone asks you that question: …

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