When an Employer Requests a Writing Sample


Nancy writes:
What should I do when an employer job posting or classified advertisement
asks for a brief writing sample to be included with my resume and cover letter?
Are they requesting a sample of my handwriting an original composition or a
combination of both?
Thank you for your help.


The Career Doctor responds:
Writing samples are usually requested for jobs that require that job-seekers
have the ability to express themselves in writing. However research studies
continue to show that employers place a high value on employees who can
communicate well regardless of the position. At the same time employers
continue to comment about the weak communications abilities of entry-level
job-seekers and new college grads.
Employers who request writing samples want to judge the quality of your
writing abilities and thus seek any kind of samples that showcase your
skills and abilities such as papers reports articles and the like. The
employer will then use the writing samples to weed out unacceptable
candidates and narrow the field.
My best advice to you is that if you have any questions about what the
employer is specifically requesting simply contact the hiring manager and
ask for more details. By contacting the hiring manager you can make a
good first impression while being sure you are submitting the type of material
the employer seeks.
Finally a great way to keep all your writing samples and job-search correspondence and other materials in one convenient place is to develop
a job-search portfolio. Not only is it convenient — because all your material
is in one location — but it is also impressive to employers. Read more in my
article Your
Job Skills Portfolio: Gaining an Edge in Job-Hunting
.

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Nancy writes:
What should I do when an employer job posting or classified advertisement
asks for a brief writing sample to be included with my resume and cover letter?
Are they requesting a sample of my handwriting an original composition or a
combination of both?
Thank you for your help.


The Career Doctor responds:
Writing samples are usually requested for jobs that require that job-seekers
have the ability to express themselves in writing. However research studies
continue to show that employers place a high value on employees who can
communicate well regardless of the position. At the same time employers
continue to comment about the weak communications abilities of entry-level
job-seekers and new college grads.
Employers who request writing samples want to judge the quality of your
writing abilities and thus seek any kind of samples that showcase your
skills and abilities such as papers reports articles and the like. The
employer will then use the writing samples to weed out unacceptable
candidates and narrow the field.
My best advice to you is that if you have any questions about what the
employer is specifically requesting simply contact the hiring manager and
ask for more details. By contacting the hiring manager you can make a
good first impression while being sure you are submitting the type of material
the employer seeks.
Finally a great way to keep all your writing samples and job-search correspondence and other materials in one convenient place is to develop
a job-search portfolio. Not only is it convenient — because all your material
is in one location — but it is also impressive to employers. Read more in my
article Your
Job Skills Portfolio: Gaining an Edge in Job-Hunting
.


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