The Writing Program at Benedictine

Writing Like a Professional

Unsure of how to format a business letter? memo? e-mail? Yes, that's right, a professional e-mail is different from a casual e-mail you send to a friend. A professional e-mail uses more formal language. A business text is also very different from a text you may send to a friend. For example, "text-speak" is not acceptable in the business world. The word "I" must be capitalized and apostrophes should be used. The word "you" is not spelled "u."

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Many current students are not aware of professional writing standards in general. Therefore, this list of resources has been assembled to provide much-needed information.

The St. Martin's Handbook as a Professional Writing Resource:
Many students own a copy of The St. Martin's Handbook - 8th edition because it's required for WRIT 101, 102, and 104. There is a section and a full chapter which are particularly helpful in terms of business writing: 

  • Section 1f: Using Media Effectively - This section had advice for effective writings of formal messages and posts.
  • Chapter 23: Writing for Business - This chapter provides information about writing memos, email, letters, and resumes.

Related Books Available through the Benedictine University Library:
Visit the Library page and browse their holdings to find dozens of sources including:

Academic and Career Enrichment Center Resources:
The Academic and Career Enrichment (ACE) Center is located in Goodwin 214. They have many resources available as handouts and online:

Online Resources:
Other universities also have information about business writing that may be helpful:

 

 
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