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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

BIZ TALK

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.

It is common practice these days to send your resume electronically to a potential employer. In some cases your resume is then scanned by a computer program for key words and phrases. This means it is important to consider what words are included in your resume.

One thing to be careful of is to not use abbreviated forms of words in your resume. Abbreviations such as MBA should read Masters of Business Administration so that they do not get missed by the computer when looking for applicants with a Masters degree. Also make sure that keywords, such as ones in the job advertisement, are included in your resume.

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

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