You know that writing skills are essential. They help you communicate and express yourself at work and at home. But do you know how much your writing skills really impact your life on a day-to-day basis? Do you realize the weight these skills carry when you’re trying to pursue your next venture?
Here are five ways great writing skills can impact your success:
1. You Are More Credible
If you receive an email with a glaring typo, what is your first thought? Even though it may have been an honest mistake, you likely think your colleague is stupid at worst and careless at best. Neither is good. The same happens when you write emails, letters, press releases, or marketing material with poor grammar, misspelled words, or typos. Your consumers will think that if you can’t even take the time to edit your own writing, you likely will not pay close attention to their accounts or their business needs. So, something as seemingly minor as spelling could be costing you business.
2. You Look Smarter
Whether it is deserved or not, strong writers are often perceived as smarter than their linguistically challenged counterparts at work. Being able to compost your thoughts in an elegant and succinct manner implies that you can reason logically and understand complex ideas. This perception may help you get assigned bigger projects at work with less oversight from your boss.
3. You Can Handle Tricky Situations
Let’s say you receive an email from an unsatisfied customer. If you are a strong writer, you will be able to respond to the customer with kindness and understanding, while still standing firmly behind your company policies and regulations. If you work in sales or any business that deals directly with customers, this will make you more valuable to upper-level management.
4. You Can Better Market Yourself
If you’re already in your dream job, then you can skip this paragraph. If you’re not, then your writing skills are a tremendous asset in the search for your next job. Think of all the writing that’s involved in a job search. You need to create an interesting cover letter that makes the reader want to meet you. You need to compose a resume that shows off all of your skills in a very small amount of space. And let’s not forget all the follow up emails and thank you cards. Yes, writing can take you a long way in the job search.
5. Your Communication Is More Effective
You’ve heard the expression, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Networking is a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to getting your next job. And believe it or not, you are constantly networking. Whether you’re writing an email to your boss, sending a text to a co-worker, or sending a letter of interest to a company you’d like to work for, you’re creating connections that might lead to your future career. How well you express yourself might be the difference between landing your dream job and feeling like you’re stuck in a meaningless career.
Quality writing can have a significant impact on your success. It can help set you apart from your competition and make you more valuable to your existing corporation. Writing is one of the only skills that’s applicable to every area of your life (and therefore every measure of your success). So take some time to work on your written communication skills. They might lead you to your greatest accomplishment!