eWriting can refer to a variety of things:
- Writing courses that a person can take online. These are often associated with a college or university, but the courses can also be just for fun or for a career path.
- Jargon that has developed to make writing emails faster and more efficient (examples: LOL for Laughing Out Loud; BTW for By the Way; WDYT? For What Do You Think? or CYA for See You Later).
- A style and format of writing geared for use on the internet for Web-based articles or in email communications for such purposes as cover letters and resumes. This is how we use that term on this site.
In general, eWriting is writing that:
Here is an article that provides additional information on eWriting as it relates specifically to resumes. Click on the title for the full article.
- Uses short and crisp sentences to express thoughts and ideas.
- Uses a significant number of keywords - important words related directly to the subject matter of the content -- so that the article or resume or web page can be "searched" on the basis of those keywords.
- Makes good use of page formattingwith headings and white space used appropriately.
- Uses bulleted or numbered lists instead of long blocks of text.
- Is in the right format for its purpose.
- A resume needs to be readable by a variety of computers and software programs. Usually this means using an ASCII "plain-text" format.
- If you know that the person has word processing software compatible with yours, then you might send it in rich text format, which allows for more formatting options.
- If you want people to view your document as a Web page, you need to have a Web server that hosts your document as a Web file based on HTML An article for a Web site would also be in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).
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