Category Archives: document preparation

Reverse Engineer Solutions to Problems You Experience in the Classroom

The February faculty newsletter from darcylear.com is out now. The theme is creating professional development and career prep lessons by reverse engineering solutions to problems you are experiencing. Examples include: professional email writing, letter of recommendation requests, memo writing as … Continue reading

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Professional email Writing: Professional Development and Career Prep for Language Courses #CareerPrepLangs

Last week’s professional development and career preparation in-class activity for me was email writing. In that lesson, we start with appropriate professional salutations and closings in the target language, the importance of using a clear subject line to ensure that … Continue reading

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Are You Contemplating a Mid-Career Change?

Most of my mid-career clients have a good career, good writing skills, a decent resume that just has to be updated, and are confident about their ability to write cover letters. But they feel overwhelmed by THE JOB SEARCH after … Continue reading

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To Help Students Develop Soft Skills They’ll Need in the Workplace, Please Don’t Do This…

“Double-spaced Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.25″ margins” Over and over surveys of employers tell us that the skills they most want in new hires who are recent grads are “soft skills” or “executive function” skills. These are … Continue reading

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#CareerPrepLangs New in 2016 from darcylear.com

To start off 2016, I have set up two new hashtags: #CareerPrepLangs #CareerPrepSpan Each day, I will post one tweet in English and one in Spanish on professional development and career preparation.   These are elements that I integrate into my … Continue reading

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Why a “Revise & Resubmit” Is Really an “Accept!”

Did you just receive a “Revise and Resubmit”? Any scholar who publishes is familiar with the flood of mixed emotions that accompany a “revise and resubmit” notification: Jubilance: “Yay! I heard back on this manuscript!” Despair: “Noooooo! They want me … Continue reading

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Academic Writers: What Type Are You? #writeon

Working with academic writers, I encounter a wide variety of approaches to writing.  If you can identify the “type” of writer you are, it will be easier to overcome some of the issues that get in the way of your … Continue reading

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