An IEEE society dedicated to understanding and promoting
effective communication in engineering, scientific, and other technical environments
  • ProComm2017

Pitching Yourself, Part 2: Energize your Resume

 

In a previous post, I wrote about your job application as an argument, and showed how we could use a rhetorical framework established by Stephen Toulmin to help your cover letters do a more effective job of connecting your evidence to the job requirements. In this post, I want to apply the ACR (Action-Context-Result) framework in order to best present that evidence in your resume.

As with cover letters, there’s a lot of advice about resumes and CVs floating around the internet – about layout, organization, content, etc. All of these things are important, but this post addresses a very specific aspect of resume writing: the composition of those bullet points describing each work, research or other types of relevant experience. Specifically, those bullet points should follow an (1) action, then (2) context, then (3) result pattern. [Continue reading]

June 2017 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication now published online

If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the March issue, within the next week or two. This issue contains the following articles: Research Article—Diagrams in Contracts: Fostering Understanding in Global … [Continue reading]

IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Data-Driven Approaches to Research and Teaching in Professional and Technical Communication (December 2018):

Guest editors: Ryan K. Boettger (University of North Texas) and Suguru Ishizaki (Carnegie Mellon University) The approaches, theories, and technologies that inform professional communication remain a consequential and ever evolving area of … [Continue reading]

1Q17 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The March 2017 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the June issue, in early June. Volume 60, Number 1, … [Continue reading]

Traci Nathans-Kelly says goodbye; welcomes Ryan Boettger to the position of Editor, IEEE PCS Book Series

In February 2017, I performed my last duties as the Editor for the IEEE Professional Communication Society’s book series. This series, backed by Wiley-IEEE Press, was and is a magnificent collection of communication and professional insights from … [Continue reading]