Business writing is an art, and here are some tips to put you on the right track!
1. Less is more. People are generally less and less willing to read long content. With this in mind, use words sparingly and avoid long sentences - the readers will appreciate it.
2. Avoid jargon*. While sometimes jargon is unavoidable in a proposal or technical specification, for example – try using simpler language. Jargon is often inefficient – the eye slides right past it without really catching the meaning. Keeping things simple is the key to success.
*Jargon: special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand.
3. Write once, check twice. Proofread everything immediately after you finishing writing, and then again hours or, better yet, days later. Nothing is more embarrassing than a silly typo. Where possible give yourself time to set your writing aside and come back to it later.
4. Create templates. More than likely you are going to have to produce similar content or answer similar questions on multiple occasions. Whenever you write a good letter, email, memo, or document that may be used again in the future, save it as a template – it will save time in the future!
5. Answer the 5 Key Questions!?!. Your communications should answer all the questions relevant to your audience: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Try to anticipate any questions your readers might ask.
6. Don’t give too many choices. If you want to set a time for a meeting, give a single time and ask them to confirm or present a different time. At most, give two options and ask them to pick one. Too many choices often lead to decision paralysis, which generally isn’t good.
10 May 1908:
The first Mothers's Day is celebrated
18 May 1854:
Australia's first horse-drawn railway line commences operations in South Australia
31 May 1884:
Kellogg patents the cornflake
City: Gold Coast, Queensland
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
I won the scholarship from Trade Investment of Queensland which is called Best Semester Abroad. Working and studying in Australia has always been my dream since I love the diverse cultures and enjoy the nature. Doing internship in Australia can not only help me to develop professional network, which could be useful for future references but also have the opportunity to work with international team, that way I can learn new skills and improve my English quickly.
What made this experience unique and special?
I was very excited when I got the offer for my internship because I never had the experience to work abroad and especially in an international department. During the internship, I had the chance to meet the students from all around the world; helped them with the study inquiries and learned customer service whereas it's hard to have the opportunity to work with people from different nationality in Taiwan. This was truly a unique experience for me.
How has this experience impacted your future?
The internship has totally broadened my horizons. It has not only helped me to build a better quality on my resume, but also has grew my network. Networking is very important in the job search, and this internship gave me a great opportunity to meet many people in education field. I enjoyed working internationally and would truly love to come back to Australia. It is an incredibly beautiful and vibrant country that I would like to call home at some point in my life.
What was the highlight of your experience?
Meeting new students who were coming to study in Queensland was absolutely the most exciting part of the internship. I could help them with their questions and share my experience to them. I love to learn various cultures and see the passion of the students about their study fields. The opportunity to be here will be something that I will never forget. It is my pleasure to be a part of this internship program, and be a part of this international team.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
I would highly recommend an internship in Australia since you can learn so much from work and the society.
Here are some tips I could provide you if you are thinking about doing an internship in Australia.
1. First, always have a positive attitude. Employers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic. It will reflect positively on your work and you’ll be more likely to get a good recommendation letter at the end of your placement, which is essential when looking for a job.
2. Second, don't hesitate to ask for help. It is okay to ask for help and seek clarification and advice if you’re not sure about something. It is always better to do this first than to make mistakes and have to start all over again.
3. Last but not least, be creative! Have a creative idea and share with people who you work with can help you to impress your supervisor or other colleagues. Let your team know about specific skills or interests you have that they might be able to tap into too.
A few years ago I made the decision to move from rural Australia to the city to pursue career opportunities. Throughout these past few years I have learned a lot about myself and what I would like to do with my life. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in economics whilst working in administration at Australian Internships. I love learning new things and look forward to traveling and seeing the world.
How would you describe your work?
I am the person who you talk to first when you call the office.
Working in administration means that I get to work with all areas of the business. This diversity means that there is always something new for me to learn. In my position I get to interact with hosts, interns, agents and providers.
What do you like the most about your work?
A part of my job means that I get to read the feedback that we receive from interns and host companies. The feedback we receive is really positive and I enjoy reading the experiences that interns have shared with us and how it has impacted their life.
Your message to the interns?
Being a young professional myself I understand that it is easy to be filled with self-doubt when starting something new, however it is important to have confidence in your own abilities. More often than not you will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.
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GREAT OCEAN ROAD
The Great Ocean Road is listed as an Australian National Heritage, it is 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. You can witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline. Have a ride and walk along the coastline.
PHILLIP ISLAND NATURE PARKS
Phillip Island Is Renowned As One Of The Most Consistent And Varied Surf Locations In Australia. It Is Only 90 Minutes From Melbourne. Phillip Island Is A Unique, World– Class Destination, With A Rich Surfing History And A Wave For All Kinds Of Weather And Abilities. You Can See Little Penguins Going Home From The Beach In Penguin Parade. The Nature Parks Provides Numerous Coastal And Bushland Walks Across Phillip Island, Traversing Breathtaking Beaches, Woodlands And Wetlands.