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Editing Tips to Level Up Your Blog Writing

Editing Tips to Level Up Your Blog Writing

Cut out the italicized words and phrases in the following paragraph!:

Do you ever sit quietly and wonder how the most successful bloggers seem to effortlessly generate never-ending engagement? Maybe you assume they are all just extremely gifted in the wordsmithing realm. If you do, you’re right, but only in part. Blogging success is credited to much more than just knowing how to write. Here’s what you can’t always see from the surface, as a reader of the final product, and how to transform your blog into an engagement magnet. Read on to learn more about some of the best editing tips that are going to power your blog posts.

This Is the Secret to a Successful Blog

Do not, for one moment, believe that editing is just proofreading for grammar and spelling. If you do, you’ll miss out on the entire spectrum of color that your writing can portray. In truth, editing is mostly about removing the unnecessary fluff surrounding your message. Believe that you don’t have fluff? Think again.

A seasoned editor will remove up to 25% of a manuscript before sending it to be published. Blogging is no different; the secret to blogging success lies in the editing process.

Where Can You Find a Blog Editor?

Hiring an editor for your blog could end up being the best decision you’ve ever made. Before you can, you have to know where to look. Here’s where blog editors can be found.

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  • Local Classifieds – do a local search on Google or check out Craigslist.
  • Freelance Websites – have you ever hired on Upwork, or Digiserved?
  • Fiverr – you’d be amazed what you can get for $5.
  • Writing Service — you can use the help of professional writers to do the editing for your blog.

Don’t Want to Hire an Editor?

You may want to make your blog edits yourself, rather than outsource to someone else. That’s great. Aside from proofreading for grammar and spelling, you need to learn some intermediate editing tips. Get started with these.

Tip No. 1: Remove unnecessary “padding” from your posts

A grammar expletive is any phrase that begins with it is, it was, it won’t, it takes, here is, there is, or there will be. Expletives do nothing besides pad your article, so toss these elements first.

Examples: (cut out the words in italics)
1. There are several tactics to ensure that your blog is well-written.
2. When writing a blog, you can start to create more engaging posts with powerful edits and hacks.

Tip No. 2: Use powerful verbs

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Using weak verbs can hinder the delivery of your message. You spot a weak verb by the momentary impact… Rather than “seemingly executing” the action, “execute” the action.

Examples:
1. He Writes. instead of  He is writing.
2. She thinks highly of herself. instead of  She seems to think highly of herself.
3. They stay home. instead of  They never go anywhere that could be considered worthwhile.
4. He chose the best option. instead of  He had several options before he settled on this one.

Tip No. 3: Remove weak adjectives

To spot weak adjectives, look for the words “really” and “very” – this is where they often hang out (really tired, very cold). Rather than using a weak adjective, replace it with a more powerful synonym.

Examples:
1. …scorching instead of …hot.
2. …chilly. instead of …cold.
3. …emerald. instead of …green.
4. …at snail speed. instead of …slow.

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Tip No. 4: Scour your sentences for flab

Cutting out the excess will serve you as well as these other tips. Your readers have a short attention span, so don’t give them more than they need. Scour your sentences for flab (unnecessary verbiage) and remove it.

Examples: (cut out the words in italics)
1. Well, the truth of the situation is
2. Each individual… Everyone…
3. …what it is that makes…

Tip No. 5: Nothing is really, very, or extremely anything

Though you may want to enhance a descriptive word by making it really red, very emotional, or extremely hard, don’t. Instead of enhancing a word by supplementing one of the crutches above, switch it out for a more impactful word or simply remove the crutch word.

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Examples: (cut out the words in italics)
1. Thursday’s homework was extremely difficult.
2. They really wanted to make the deadline.
3. So many people want to know.

Conclusion

Following these editing tips will power your blog posts. Before you hit the publish button, make sure your editor does their magic, or you take these steps:

1. Remove expletives that provide unnecessary padding.
2. Ensure the use of powerful verbs.
3. Replace weak adjectives with impactful synonyms.
4. Remove unnecessary verbiage.
5. Delete the words “very,” “extremely,” and “really” where they aren’t necessary.

Following these steps will improve the readability of your posts. Try them out now, and experience the difference.

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

So first thing first, work on your resume.

Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

7. Make a List of Selling Points

It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

Summing It up

Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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Featured photo credit: Nik MacMillan via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
[2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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