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Ask Doctor English
Your ESL and English language learning specialist. Ask Dr. English whatever you like about the English language.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Using English for business purposes can be challenging. Typically speaking business English is more formal than the language used in everyday situations. However you need to consider not only the use of the language, but also the culture when using English in a business environment.

One of the areas that many business students struggle with is resume writing. This is because there are many differences in the style of resumes in North America, versus other countries.

The key difference in North American style resumes is that we do not include any personal information in our resume. That includes date of birth, martial status, cultural background, or religion. As well, it is rare to include a picture with you resume, unless you are applying for a job as a model or actor. The main reason for this is to avoid discrimination when applicants are applying for a job. It means that the employer can only compare candidates based on their education or experience, not age or race.

If you would like more information on BIZ TALK, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.


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