Articles about Words at Work
How to use the right tone in emails
Your messages are more than facts and figures about the business. Each word carries tone and significance, and employees scrutinize every sentence in search of meaning.
7 types of words you need to stop capitalizing
Capitalization matters. When you handle upper and lowercase words like a pro, it shows poise, smarts and maturity. Proper capitalization is one more way to distance yourself from the competition.
What words should you never say when being interviewed for a job?
Here are a few that are considered “red flag words” by interviewers.
Study: You make five times as many writing errors on your phone than a PC
People make an average of five times as many errors writing on our phones than when using a computer, "even though fewer words are typed on mobile."
Sorry, but these 5 words, you like, really, kind of overuse
Though training your tongue will take some time — especially if you’ve never edited yourself before — you can get started with these overused words. According to career experts, they have no place in your office or inbox.
Master these 7 grammar tips if you want to sound smarter
Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.
How assertive communication can change your life
Assertive communication is like a muscle. You have to flex it.
25 buzzwords that make smart people sound stupid
These phrases are spicy and they make you feel clever (low hanging fruit is a crutch of mine), but they also annoy the heck out of people.
‘Hi,’ ‘Hey,’ ‘Hello’: Why casual email greetings are the way to go
When you start an email, do you go for the more casual, "Yo, what's up," or for the more buttoned-up "Dear Madam or Sir"? A new analysis of 300,000 emails found that how you start an email can decide whether or not you get a response.
How to speak up and advocate for your accomplishments at work
Being an introvert in the office can be hard. They have a lot to offer at work, but sometimes have a difficult time speaking up to show it. Here's how to advocate for your accomplishments and skills when you're not the most outgoing employee in the office.
You’re probably using one of these “buzzwords” on your LinkedIn profile, but is that a good thing?
While there are already a bunch of super annoying phrases that people use at work, LinkedIn recently released the 2018 list of “buzzwords” that people use the most in their profiles.
9 words and phrases that make any professional look weak
Certain words can have a long-lasting impact. Don't let these slip into your conversation.
Whatever you do, don’t even think about using these 5 opening lines in your emails
If every email is different, why do so many of them begin the same way? Here's a list of opening lines you should steer clear of.
Some people actually say they ‘call off sick’ instead of ‘call in sick’ and we’re shook
You're sick and will be staying home for the day. It's time to notify your boss. Do you "call in," "call out," or even "call off" sick? It turns out there are a few different ways to say the same thing, depending on where you live, and people have some pretty strong opinions about it.
Thought you were having a bad day at work? At least you didn’t make this Olympic-sized mistake
Chicago TV station WLS-Channel 7 had a very bad Saturday morning:
A missing comma resulted in a group of dairy drivers getting $5 million
Unclear grammar can literally cost your company millions of dollars. Just ask Oakhurst Dairy. According to court documents, the Maine-based dairy company said it was settling its comma dispute with its drivers for $5 million.
4 typo horror stories from the workplace
Typos can have a habit of working their way into the most crucial of places, especially when there's a lot at stake. Here are some examples — both big and small — of what can happen when you really screw up your spelling.
10 things smart people never say
No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, certain phrases instantly change the way people see you and can forever cast you in a negative light.
These are the 25 magic resume words that will land you the job: Ladders 2018 Resume Guide
Finding enough different verbs to say “I did it” in a clever way is often a struggle for professionals writing their resumes. It's important that every bullet point in your resume include a success verb, not just an active verb. Here's what they are. From the Ladders 2018 Resume Guide.
Don’t say these 5 types of words during a job interview
Your language can speak volumes about who you are in a job interview. Here are things you should avoid saying at all costs, among other interview tips.
18 words and phrases smart people never include on their resumes
While it can be tempting to load a bunch of jargon and glowing language on your resume, there are certain terms and phrases that you should avoid.
Study: These kind of job descriptions are more likely to turn away women candidates
How you frame a role's requirements can alienate and deter qualified candidates from applying. Is your job description turning away female candidates before they even apply?
Simon Sinek explains why you should be the last to speak in a meeting
Be a better listener by being the last one to speak your opinion in a meeting. When you wait to hear what your team is going to say, you're giving your team a chance to grow into leaders who can feel comfortable sharing their opinions with each other.
Five rude emails you send without realizing it
Avoid these top 5 worst emails sins.
Don’t mess up these words on your resume
These are words people commonly mess up at work. Don't let it happen to you, if you want to be considered a consummate professional.