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Tips for Writing Better Business Emails

Tips for Writing Better Business Emails

Writing emails is inevitable in many business situations. Having worked in the business world for nearly 20 years, I have noticed many similar mistakes. So let’s look at the main areas to consider when writing a business email. 

Keep it Formal

When writing in the business world, you must always remember the environment you are in, so keep your emails formal. Even if you are close to the receiver, as your email is business related its better and more professional to ear on the side of caution. 

Keep it short

In life and work, we are all busy. People do not have time to read long and complex emails. Length does not add value, content (or context) and meaning does. So, if you can say it in 300 words, don’t expand to 1300 word. 

Keep it simple

Again, time is of the essence in the business world; people don’t want to be reaching for a thesaurus to figure out what you mean. Keep your emails simple. There is a big difference between professional and complex. 

Keep it correct

I recommend one or more of four things before you send an email. 

1. Use spellcheck; this is built into Microsoft Word

2. Use Grammarly, which is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform.

3. Use a human proofreading service.

4. Have a colleague check it before you send it. 

Résumé Checklist

Résumé Checklist

Résumé Checklist

You are unique, and your résumé should also be. Your résumé is the first impression a potential employer will have of you, this can make or break your chances of getting the job, or evening getting to the interview stage.

With the immense demand on the job market, the abundance of applicants for each position, and technologically advancing world that we live in, your résumé may be scanned by a computer system for keywords first, and your fate may land in the hands of a machine, it if doesn’t fit the requirements it may not be seen by a human, and if it is a HR manager will spend only a few seconds looking at your résumé.

Contact us today to discuss your résumé.

So, let’s look at how we can improve your chances of success. Here are just a few suggestions:

1. Contact info

Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date. These days not everybody will put a full address on their résumé. I would advise against this, although very few people send documents via post anymore it is still helpful for them to have your full address for administrative purposes. Having your address to hand will make it easier for the company to generate paperwork rather than them having to follow up with you.

Also, make sure that your mobile phone number is there, no need for a home phone number as very few use them these days. Finally a professional email address. For example, is a good address, party_dude is not.

2. Headline

The headline is the opening part where you write a statement about yourself. This should highlight who you are and what you can or already have accomplished. This section is where you need to grab the readers attention, you do this by using action verbs, for example: Commissioned, executed, issued, maintained, performed, prepared, analyzed, assessed, determined, integrated, projected, researched, constructed, engineered boosted, accomplished, expanded, launched, updated, , administered,

Do not use generic terms such as I am a hard worker, I am motivated, I am dedicated and so on. This is boring and shows a lack of individualism. It still amazes me how many people put this on their résumé, being motivated and dedicated is expected in any job, so stick to your accomplishments and let yourself shine.

3. Skills

This is the part of your résumé when you can list any skills that you have but make sure they are relevant to the position you are applying. For example, if you are applying for a position in IT then being good at football is not really relevant.

Ideas for this section,

list any other languages you speak,

any awards or certificates you have been awarded.


Graphic design

SEO / Marketing


Be sure to make this section inclusive of soft skill and hard skills.

4. Experience

Here is where you need to list all your past work experience in reverse order, meaning your latest company comes first. This should comprise of the positions you held the company and the dates that you were there. You should also list your responsibilities and what you achieved. Stating what you actually did for the company is very important. How did you improve the business?

It is essential that you do not to leave any gaps in your work history, or if you do this must be explained. When using dates, Use the full month name and year, for example, January 2015.

5. Education

When you list your education put more focus on the recent and higher level achievements. For example, if you went to university you should list the degree and the year you graduated. Then you can list your high school diploma, but the primary focus should aim towards your university degree. This should always be in reverse order meaning the most recent accomplishment first.

6. Formatting

There is no set rule for the length of a resume, So focus on being concise, precise, make sure the most important and revenant information applicable to the position is within the first half of the first page.

No more than three pages in length as a general rule. It should also be easy to scan through quickly and find the relevant information. It should also have the industry-specific keywords so the application system will be able to recognize them if applicable.

To make this easier we would recommend using lists and bullet points keep the font size of the same between 10 and 12 point a stand Font should be used for example times new Roman or aerial, make sure it is consistent throughout.

7. Grammar and spelling

This one should be obvious, but some people seem to miss this. Make sure that your résumé has been proofread for spelling and grammatical mistakes. The first part of this is using the spellcheck in Microsoft Word. But this will not find everything so also ask a friend or 2 to read through it and point out anything you may have missed.

Please take this advice, do not try to proofread your own work because you may not see your own mistakes, you as the writer, have a version of your writing in your head, this competes with whats on screen, your head will win as you skim over your own work.

When writing your résumé avoid using any slang, Contractions, and use plenty of action verbs.

Final thoughts.

Keep your résumé short and to the point. Always focus on quality, not quantity. Make sure that the resume you are sending is relevant to the position you are applying. Also, make sure that it is pleasing and easy to read. Be sure to ask the opinions of friends or family before sending.

Good luck, job hunters!

Finally, if you are struggling with writing your résumé, maybe it is time to call a professional resume writer for help.

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APA Style Checklist – 6th Edition

APA Style Checklist – 6th Edition

APA Style Checklist – 6th Edition 

As you write your APA Style paper, these tips may help you remember everything that is needed to put your paper together successfully.
The list is not a complete guide and should be used in conjunction with the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009), herein as the APA Publication Manual.
If you are in any doubt, check the APA Publication Manual or ask your instructor/advisor.

Title Page

The title page is the very first page of your paper. It must follow these guidelines;

  • The header must be flush left, 1/2 inch from the top.
  • Page number 1 is flush right on the same line.
  • The title should match the paper title but shortened if needed. No more than 50 characters in length, including spaces.
  • Title. This must be Centered in the upper half of the page. Double spaced, use font Times New Roman 12pt. Use upper and lowercase letters. i.e., the first letter of any major words capitalized (4 words or higher). Do not use bold, italics, underlining, or any abnormal font size.
  • The institutional affiliation is double-spaced under your name. Do not use bold, italics, underlining, or any abnormal font size.
  • Any other information required by your program is double-spaced under the institutional affiliation.


General Formatting

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font.Note: This is not the default in Microsoft Word 2007, so make sure to change the font and size.
  • The whole document must be double-spaced
  • Margins must be 1 inch all around
  • Text must be flush with the left margin. Do not justify lines.
  • Paragraphs must be indented 0.5 inch (use the tab button once ) Do not leave extra space between paragraphs.
  • Leave two spaces after a full stop, one space after a comma.
  • Do not use contractions, ( example: use do not instead of don’t)
  • It is strongly suggested you do not use personal pronouns or any slang.
  • Lists can be alphabetized, enumerated, or bulleted
  • Use of numbers. Zero to nine should be written in text and 10 plus use Arabic numerals.
  • Use numerals for units of measurement (15 mg, 7 cm)
  • Do not begin a sentence with a digit, spell it out.
  • Each page must have a header with the title in all caps, starting from the left margin and the page number flush right, all on the same line.
  • The Header matches what was used on page 1 but the part, Running head, is omitted for the remainder of the pages.
  • An example of a sequence of your paper is:
    Title Page, Abstract, Table of content
    Body of Paper,
    References, Tables, Figures, Appendices.
    (Please note not all of the above are required.)
  • The paper title is repeated in full on the first page of the body of the paper. The first letter of any major words are capitalized (4 words or greater).
  • Use the spell check on your word processor and read through the paper carefully several times to catch any typos, left out words, punctuation issues, etc. (please note your spell checker will not find all errors)
  • Once you start typing the body of the, do not use page breaks until you have finished the body of the paper and are ready to type the References list.
  • Use abbreviations only if they will make your paper easier to read. You will need to write it out completely the first time you use it and follow it immediately with the abbreviation in parentheses. For example:
    According to research from the United Nations (UN)


The abstract is a summary of your paper, and it will usually refer to the purpose, the methodology, and the highlights of your research

  • The abstract is always on Page 2.
    The abstract should be 1 page. The header is the same as the cover, the text is in all caps, and page number 2 is flush right margin. All are on the same line.
  • The page title Abstract must be centered, 1 inch from the top of the page. It is not in bold, not in capitals, and standard 12 pt.
  • The abstract should be 150-250 words.

Levels of Headings

APA style uses different heading to organize the information in your paper.

The following table is from the Publication Manual (P62)





Centered, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading


Flush Left, Boldface, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading


       Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.


       Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.


       Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.


In-text citations

If you use information in your paper that is from another source, you must state this, using an inline citation and reference it on the references page.

  • All quotations under 40 words are enclosed in quotation marks. The in-text parenthetical phrase comes before the ending punctuation.
  • All quotations above 40 words are shown as an indented block quote with no additional beginning paragraph indenting. The parenthetical phrase comes after the punctuation.
  • Paraphrasing is a restatement of the original source in my own words.
  • Direct quotations include the author (or title if no author), the date, and specific part of the source (page #, paragraph # or section title).
  • For any multi-author sources, for any sources with more than 3 and less than 6 authors they are all written out the first time, but subsequent use, I can use the first author followed by et al.
  • APA style uses the author-date system for citing references in the text of your paper. Each reference cited in the text will appear alphabetically in your reference list. A helpful chart of basic citation styles appears in the Publication Manual. (P177)

Direct quotations

In addition to the author and the date, direct quotations must also include the page number (or paragraph number for nonpaginated sources). For example, (Anderson, 2015, p. 68) or, for a nonpaginated source such as online material, (Smith, 2016, para. 12). Use the abbreviation pp. for multiple pages.


Page or paragraph numbers should also be included when paraphrasing to help your reader locate the material you used in the original source.
Author’s name in tagline
Patterson (2013) studied motor inhibition in baseball players.
Author’s name in parentheses
Complex motor skills were studied in a baseball batting simulation (Patterson, 2013).

Two authors

You need to cite both the author’s names every time you refer to work by two authors. If the names are mentioned to in the text, only the year appears in parentheses. If the names are not referred to in the text, include them in the parenthetical reference, joined by an ampersand (&).
Bishop and Hamilton (2017) found a high rate of depression in the participants. A high rate of depression was found among the participants (Bishop & Hamilton, 2017).

Three, four, or five authors

You must cite all authors, either in text or parenthetically, the first time they are referred to. From then all, use only the surname of the first author, followed by et al. Notice in the following examples that et al., which means and others,is not italicized and ends with a period.
First-time authors referred to in the text:
Best, Finney, and Myers (2014) presented participants with conflicting information.
Subsequent references to the same authors in the text:
Best et al. (2014) found that the subjects were unable to make decisions.
First-time authors referred to in the parenthetical reference:
Participants in the study were presented with conflicting information (Best, Finney, & Myers, 2014).
Subsequent parenthetical references to same authors:
The subjects in the study were unable to make decisions (Best et al., 2014).

Six or more authors

When there are six or more authors, use the last name of the first author followed by et al. for the first citation in the text, as well as subsequent citations. Follow the same format for the parenthetical reference.
For example, the article Inequality, Discrimination, and the Power of the Status Quo: Direct Evidence for a Motivation to See the Way Things Are as the Way They Should Be, which appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, has seven authors.
Following are examples of citing this work in text. This format is used for the first citation in-text, and all subsequent citations.
Key et al. (2012) studied the power of the status quo.
A recent study examined the power of the status quo (Key et al., 2012).
There are different rules for the reference list. The reference list will show all authors up to and including seven authors. See page 13 of this handout for the reference list citation for the above.
When there are more than seven authors, you will cite them in-text as shown above, but the reference list will not show them all.

Secondary sources

Use material from original sources whenever possible. If you need to cite something that was mentioned or quoted in someone else’s work, mention the original work in the text of your paper, but list the secondary source in your parenthetical reference and in the reference list.
For example, if Pike’s work is cited in Smith’s work and you did not read Pike’s work, you will mention Pike’s work in the text of your paper, but reference Smith’s work, both parenthetically and in the reference list.
Pike’s study (as cited in Smith, 2017) . . .In the above example, Smith’s work will be the one listed in your reference list.
Work listed by title

If no author is given, use the article title (in quotation marks) or book title (italicized) in the text of your paper and in the parenthetical reference. You may use just the first several words if the title is lengthy. For example, a parenthetical reference to the article. Remember the Factual information by Cramming With Fat which appeared in New Scientist without an identified author, would be shown as (Remember the Factual information, 2007).

Personal communications

Personal communications that are not recoverable, such as personal or phone interviews, e-mail messages, and memos, are cited in the text only and are not included in the reference list.
(H.J. Hick, personal communication, November 16, 2016)
Ellipsis points (three spaced periods) are used to designate that material has been omitted from the source material.


Errors in source material

If there is an error in the original source which might be confusing to the reader, you may add sic, which is Latin for thus, to assure your readers that the quote is accurate, even with the error. Do not correct the error. The word sic should be inserted immediately after the error and should be italicized and bracketed, like this: [sic].
Citing more than one source in a single parenthetical reference
Following are some examples.
Two works by the same author (arranged by year of publication)
(May, 1999, 2007)
Two works by different authors (arranged alphabetically by the first author’s surname and separated by a semicolon) (Jones, 2016; May & Barton, 2017)

Group authors

Names of group authors, such as corporations, associations, and government agencies, are to be spelled out in full the first time they are mentioned in the text of your paper. You may choose to abbreviate the name in the parenthetical reference if the group’s name is long or if the group has a familiar or easily understandable acronym. If the group’s name is short, or if the group does not have a readily understandable abbreviation, write out the name each time you use it.
For example, write out the name United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) the first time you mention them in the text of your paper. Since this group is readily identified through abbreviation, you may use an abbreviation in the parenthetical reference, such as (UNHRC, 2016). When you mention this group later in your paper, you may refer to them as the UNHRC, both in the text of your paper and in the parenthetical reference. If you did not mention the group in the text of your paper, but need to reference them parenthetically, your first citation will be formatted as in this example: (United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC], 2016). Subsequent citations will be shown as (UNHRC, 2016).

Block quotation

If a quotation is 40 or more words, set it off by beginning a new line, indenting it one tab from the left margin. Double-space the quotation and do not use quotation marks. The parenthetical reference appears at the end of the block quotation, following the ending punctuation mark. Example:
In 2006, Ray English reviewed the rationale for open access: The movement for public access to government-funded research is based on simple but powerful principles. Taxpayers who fund research have a right to easy and effective access to the research that they pay for through tax dollars. In the age of the Internet, in which research can be shared instantaneously, it makes no sense for federally funded research to be accessible only through expensive journals that are available only in a limited number of research libraries. (p. 412)
If the author and date were not mentioned in the introductory text, they would need to be included in the parenthetical reference at the end of the quotation. Example: (English, 2016, p. 412)

Table of content

  • The table of content should be page 3.
  • The page should have the page title at the top, centered and bold.
  • Below should details the main section of the paper, far left and page number far right.

List of tables

If you have a large number of tables in your paper, you should form a list of tables. This would be the page just after the table of content, page 4, usually.
If not, you should list the page number of each table on the table of contents. Using the title “Table 1”, “Table 2, etc.

List of Appendices

If you have a large number of appendices in your paper, you should form a list of appendices. This would be the page just after the table of content, page 5, usually.
If not, you should list the page number of each appendix on the table of contents. Using the title “Appendix A”, “Appendix B”


These should follow on after the references page at the end of the paper. Use 1 page per table and give it the title”Table 1″, “Table 2, etc. top center.


These should follow on after the Tables page at the end of the paper. Use 1 page per appendix and give it the title”Appendix A”, “Appendix B” top center.


This should be the final part of the paper an up to date resume of the writer.


Plagiarism is using someone else’s work and submitting it as your own, failing to give appropriate acknowledgment when directly quoting or paraphrasing another, or presenting another’s line of thinking without giving credit. It is very easy to detect plagiarised work, as there is a lot of software available now.

Do not repeat the author’s keywords or sentence structure when paraphrasing.
Commonly-known or understood material, such as a scientific truth or historical dates, do not have to be documented, nor do proverbs, sayings, and clich’s.

When writing, keep the following in mind:

  • Differentiate between paraphrase or summary and directly-quoted material.
  • Do not copy and paste content directly from a source without citing it.
  • Memorable or key phrases must be reworded unless directly quoted.
  • Document or cite all lines of argument or reasoning.


Reference Page

The page title, References, must be centered, 1 inch from the top of the page and starts a new page. The standard 12-point font should be used, without effects such as bolding, italics or underlining.

  • All sources listed in the References have at least one corresponding in-text citation.
  • References are listed in alphabetical order.
  • All lines are double-spaced, and for each entry, the hanging indent is used.

    Order of references in the reference list:

  • When alphabetizing, remember that “nothing precedes something.” In the above reference list, Brown precedes Browning.
  • If you are citing two or more works by the same author, always repeat the author’s name and order them by year of publication, with the earliest first.
  • One-author entries appear in the reference list before multiple-author entries beginning with the same surname, regardless of the year.
  • For entries beginning with the same name, but with different coauthors, alphabetize by the last names of the second author listed.


    Publication Manual pages 183-192, examples on pages 202-205

    Citations for books include the following:

  • Author’s name (initials are used for the first and middle names)
  • Year of publication (in parentheses)
  • Title of work italicized (capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word of the subtitle, and any proper nouns)
  • Publication information

    Place of publication

    List the city and state as shown on the title page. If the publisher is outside of the United States, list the city and country


  • If the publisher is a university and the name of the state is included in the university’s name, do not repeat the state in the publisher’s location
  • Use the official two-letter U.S. Postal Service abbreviation for U.S. StatesPublisher’s name. You may use a brief form of the publisher’s name, as long as it still clearly identifies the publisher.
  • Write out the names of associations, corporations, and university presses
  • Omit terms such as Publishers, Co., Corp., Inc.
  • Retain the words Books and Press

    Book by a single author or editor

    Fair, J. D. (1999). Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the manly culture of York Barbell. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

    Gallagher, G. W. (Ed.). (1989). Fighting for the Confederacy: The personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

    Wood, E. W., Jr. (2006). Worshipping the myths of World War II: Reflections on America’s dedication to war. Washington, DC: Potomac Books.

    Book by two or more authors

    Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2003). The craft of research (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    If there are more than seven authors, list the first six authors’ names, followed by three ellipses, and then add the final author’s name. See the example in the scholarly journal article section of this handout.

    Book by a corporate author

    A corporate author can be an association, a committee, or any group whose members are not identified individually. When the author and the publisher are the same, use the word Author as the name of the publisher.

    American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Washington, DC: Author.

    American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

    Chapter in a book

    Begin the citation with the information for the chapter you are using, followed by the information for the book. Notice the page numbers for the piece you are citing appear after the title of the book.

    Putnam, J. W. (2009). Cooperative learning for inclusion. In P. Hick, R. Kershner, & P. T. Farrell (Eds.), Psychology for inclusive education: New directions in theory and practice (pp. 81-95). London, England: Routledge.

    Article from a reference book

    Begin the citation with the author for the entry you are citing. If no author is given, begin the citation with the title of the entry.

    Moore, C. C., & Munroe, R. L. (2000). Cognitive anthropology. In A.E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encylopedia of psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 132-135). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Reber, A. S. (1995). Phenomenology. In The Penguin dictionary of psychology (2nd ed., p. 564). London, England: Penguin Books.

    Article from an online reference book

    Hajek, P. (2006). Fuzzy logic. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2009 ed.). Retreived from

    Accessed through Gale Virtual Reference Library, a library subscription database

    Cameron, J., & Pierce, W. D. (2008). Intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. In N. J. Salkind & K. Rasmussen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of educational psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 555-560). Retrieved from


    Publication Manual, pages 183-192, examples on pages 198-202

    APA style recommends including the digital object identifier (DOI) for both print and online sources, if it is available. The DOI is a unique identifier assigned to articles as a way to help readers locate the content online through registration agencies, such as The DOI is usually found on the first page of the article, near the copyright notice.

    Citations for articles usually include the following:


  • Author’s name (initials are used for the first and middle names)
  • Year of publication (in parentheses) for scholarly journal articles
  • Year and exact date of publication (in parentheses) for magazines and newspapers
  • Title of the article (capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word of the subtitle, and any proper nouns)
  • Periodical title (use uppercase and lowercase letters and italicize the title)
  • Volume number (italicized)
  • Issue number (include, in parentheses and not italicized, only if each issue of the journal is paginated separately)
  • Inclusive page numbers
  • Digital object identifier (for both print and online sources, if available) DOIGuidelines for articles obtained through a library subscription database
  • When a DOI is used, no further retrieval information is necessary. Most scholarly journal articles will have a DOI.
    If a DOI is not available, include the URL for the home page of the journal, magazine, or newspaper (do not include a period at the end of this URL). Do not include the name of the database in the citation.This retrieval statement may not seem accurate to you, since you are stating the article was retrieved from the journal’s home page, when you actually retrieved it from a library subscription database. However, the intent of the APA rule is to lead a reader as closely as possible to the source. Since not everyone will have access to the same databases, and the journals included in a particular database are subject to change, the decision was made not to include database information in citations. This is true even if you cannot access the article online through the journal’s website.The exception to the above rule involves material of limited circulation, as well as articles from discontinued journals that are archived in a database such as JSTOR, and articles that have been informally published in ERIC.

    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied © 2009 American Psychological Association 2009, Vol. 15, No. 2, 91-105 1076-898X/09/$12.00 DOI: 10.1037/a0015591

    A Model of Motor Inhibition for a Complex Skill: Baseball Batting

    Rob Gray Arizona State University

    13 English, R. (2006). Open access to federally funded research: The time is now. Portal: Libraries and the

    Academy, 6, 249-252. doi:10.1353/pla.2006.0036
    Gray, R. (2009). A model of motor inhibition for a complex skill: Baseball batting. Journal of

    Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15, 91-105. doi:10.1037/a0015591

    Kay, A. C., Gaucher, D., Peach, J. M., Laurin, K., Friesen, J., Zanna, M. P., & Spencer, S. J. (2009). Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 421-434. doi: 10.1037/a0015997

    If there are more than seven authors, list the first six authors’ names, followed by three ellipses, and then add the final author’s name.

    Harden, K. P., Lynch, S. K., Turkheimer, E., D’Onofrio, B. M., Waldron, M. D., Martin, N.G., . . . Emery, R. E. (2007). A behavior genetic investigation of adolescent motherhood and offspring mental health problems. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 667-683. doi:10.1037/0021- 843X.116.4. 667

    Scholarly journal article, journal paginated by issue

    Baard, P. P. (1994). A motivational model for consulting with not-for-profit organizations: A study of church growth and participation. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 46(3), 19-31. doi:10.1037/1061-4087.46.3.19

    Informally published, from ERIC

    Herman, W. E. (2009). Understanding psychology within the context of the other academic disciplines. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED505273)

    Magazine article

    Hemp, P. (2009, September). Death by information overload. Harvard Business Review, 87(9), 83-89.

    Jaret, P. (2009, September). The new middle age. Prevention, 61(9), 98-105.
    Remember the facts by cramming with fat. (2009, May 2). New Scientist, 202(2706), 15.

    From a library subscription database
    Agnew, T. (2008, November). Nursing homes make the best classrooms. Nursing Older People, 20(9), 8-

    9. Retrieved from

    Cloud, J. (2009, June 1). Why your memory may not be so bad after all. Time, 173(21), 53. Retrieved from

    Despite the fact the above articles were accessed through ProQuest, the retrieval statement will show the home page for the magazine, even if the full text of the article is not available from the magazine’s website.

    Scholarly journal article with continuous pagination

    Newspaper article

    Use the abbreviations p. or pp. preceding the page numbers for newspaper articles.

    Hafner, K. (2009, May 26). Texting may be taking a toll. The New York Times, p. D1.

    From a library subscription database
    Hafner, K. (2009, May 26). Texting may be taking a toll. The New York Times, p. D1. Retrieved from

    Online from the paper’s website
    Hafner, K. (2009, May 25). Texting may be taking a toll. The New York Times. Retrieved from

    You can see that the citations for the library database and the paper’s website are almost identical, with the exception of the page number and the date.


    Publication Manual, pages 205-206

    Corporate author, government report

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2003). Your guide to lowering blood pressure. (NIH Publication No. 03-5232). Retrieved from

    Corporate author, task force report

    American Psychological Association, Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice with Children and Adolescents. (2008). Disseminating evidence-based practice for children and adolescents: A systems approach to enhancing care. Retrieved from


    Publication Manual, pages 209-215

    In addition to the sources shown above, you can find examples in the Publication Manual for the following types of sources:

    Section 7.07 Section 7.08 Section 7.09 Section 7.10 Section 7.11

    Audiovisual Media
    Data Sets, Software, Measurement Instruments, and Apparatus
    Unpublished and Informally Published Works
    Archival Documents and Collections
    Internet Message Boards, Electronic Mailing Lists, and Other Online Communities

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Why Investing in a Résumé Writer is Priceless

Why Investing in a Résumé Writer is Priceless

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The benefits of hiring a professional résumé writer

Let’s face it; job hunting is not a walk in the park. This is particularly the case when you do not have competitive edge needed to stand out from the crowd. Now, it’s very common for job seekers to write their own résumés when looking for a job and this pretty reasonable since they know their career better than anyone else. However, what you should know is that there are many other job applicants who are looking to get that position you’re targeting and I’m pretty sure you know what that means.

So what’s the point? Well, your résumé is one of the major things that set you apart or make you look special in the eyes of potential employers, and it’s also a key determinant in whether you’ll land an interview with a chance of getting your dream job. This is exactly why you shouldn’t ignore the benefit of investing in a professional résumé writer. The thing is, writing your own résumé is, of course, a cheaper and easier option, but it may end up costing you in the long run, and that’s not part of the plan. Engaging the services of a résumé writer is critical especially if you want your résumé to be memorable, professional and of course, easy to read.

Still contemplating hiring a résumé writer? Well, here are four reasons why investing in a professional résumé writer is priceless.

1. Keep Up with the Trends

The very first thing you should know is that a résumé writer knows exactly what employers are looking for in a résumé. Your résumé has to be professional and stylish so it can capture the attention of potential employers. There are quite a number of ways a professional résumé writer can make your résumé stand out from the crowd. For instance, a résumé writer knows the exact kind of accomplishments that should be pulled out and put on paper as well as how to present your skills or potentials to employers, and that’s huge. The bottom line? A professional résumé writer knows how to present your experiences and abilities in a way that shows employers how valuable you are and will be to their organization.

2. A Résumé Writer will Market you Appropriately

Let’s face it; most of us don’t like talking about how good we are or what we have achieved, and this is perfectly normal. What you should know is that this attitude can have a negative impact on your job-hunt and it can also affect your ability to display a clear image of your capabilities on your résumé. This is precisely where a résumé writer comes into play — an expert can assist you through the writing process and break through the fear or displeasure in marketing yourself. You’ll get to have the perfect résumé that showcases your potentials, abilities, and achievements.

3. Cover the Gaps

Another reason why you should invest in a résumé writer is to cover the gaps in your employment history. It could be that you left the workplace to attend to family stuff and this left a significant gap in your employment history which you’re looking to fill. You might also be in the process of changing careers, and you do not have a clue of how to fine-tune your résumé to showcase the skills you might have for this new industry. The good news is, a résumé writer know exactly how to emphasize the positives and get rid of any negative aspects on your résumé. Bottom line? A professional résumé writer knows how to best frame your past, and that’s huge.

4. Formatting Your Résumé

Do you want your résumé to get noticed? If yes, be sure to make it aesthetically pleasing to the eyes of hiring managers. Your résumé must be professional, clean, concise and readable at the same time — this is exactly why you need an expert to format your résumé. The bottom line? A résumé pro will know how to make your résumé look appealing so it can have an authentic representation of you.

These are just a few reasons why investing in a résumé writer is priceless. What could be better than knowing that your résumé is in good hands? Or not having to go through the stress of writing about your previous accolades or accomplishments? Just be sure to hire a professional résumé writer today, and you’ll be well on your way to getting the perfect résumé that stands out from the crowd. Good luck!

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Résumé Writing Tips

Résumé Writing Tips

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Resume writing tips

In this article, we will look at the top résumé writing tips. Some of these tips may sound like common sense, but you would be surprised at how often these “common” errors occur. How to write a resume that rocks truly takes patience and many edits, as well as a professional opinion to make sure you stand out in a crowded job market.

Let’s take a look at 8 essential résumé writing tips.

#1 Grammatical Mistakes: NO

Sure, spell check works just fine, but have at least two other professional contacts review your résumé for errors. Word doesn’t recognize word misusage!

#2 Highlight Accomplishments:

It’s easy to list a barrage of job duties, but it takes more finesse to quantify your accomplishments. Use statistics and measurable quantifiers to demonstrate how your expertise has assisted companies and produced results!

#3 Don’t Ramble:

Remember, recruiters and employers have short attention spans! Plus, you should really focus on the duties that relate to the specific job you’re applying to on your resume.

#4 Action Verbs:

Don’t forget your action verbs! Examples:

  • Resolved
  • Achieved
  • Bolstered
  • Spearheaded


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#5 Keep it Clean:

Your résumé should look crisp. Keep the resume in a clean format.

#6 Cater Your Résumé to the Industry You’re Applying to:

Enough said! You can also use your college alumni career services department to provide you sample resumes for your industry.

#7 Make Sure Information is Exact:

Did you move? Change your number? Make sure the information on your resume is up-to-date!

#8 Value Proposition Statement, Not Objective:

Replace the objective with a value proposition statement that communicates who you are, the value you offer, and why an employer needs you!

The bottom line is this: a certified résumé writer will get you the résumé you need to land interviews in the shortest amount of time. Tailoring your own résumé can lead to missed job opportunities and a lot of disappointment. A certified résumé writer may be the best investment for your future career.

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Welcome to SJP Services, Business Writing and Consulting Services

Welcome to SJP Services, Business Writing and Consulting Services

SJP Services is a client-oriented organization that specializes in creating high impact, clear and concise documents for business professionals. We create documents for job seekers and business professionals that highlight their passion, define their skills and share their success stories with the world.

At SJP Services, we strive to provide business-writing services that generate results for our clients, whether they want to ace interviews or enhance their career image. Business writing specialists and consultants at SJP Services sit with you to understand your needs and achieve the objectives of your business in the best possible way.


Services We Provide:

We are well equipped to serve all your professional needs. We specialize in:

  • Résumé Writing,
  • Feasibility Study Writing
  • Market Research
  • Business Plans
  • Management Consulting
  • Turnaround Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Human Resource Consulting

Why Hire SJP Services?

SJP Services comprises of a team of professional business consultants with 5 decades of experience in the field. We are at the forefront of a frequently changing business world and we are fully committed to not only meeting but also exceeding the expectations of our clients.

SJP Services provides professional business consulting services and takes care of your important Business Writing needs: We are

  • Easy to work with on projects of all sizes
  • Professionally affordable
  • Experts in the business consulting

SJP Services empowers its clients to increase corporate performance and profitability by leveraging our specialist expertise and experience. We help businesses prosper by empowering them to make rapid, informed and confident decisions.

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