When I was a senior in college, a cousin who works for a large travel agency said to send her my résumé in case there were positions I was suited for. While I’d successfully interviewed for jobs during my time at Berea College (every student has to work at least ten hours a week), I never had to provide a résumé. This was in the early days of the Internet, and I either didn’t know what to search for when looking for examples or I failed to mimic them. I gave her a résumé that was likely longer than a page and was in backward chronological order. Fail. She was very kind and told me how I needed to redo it. She saved me a lot of headaches and embarrassment down the road. (Thank you, Robin!)
A strong résumé is your chance at a good first impression, and a poor résumé will leave you in the slush pile with only a form-letter rejection to show for your attempt. In fact, the résumé is a genre unto itself, and it requires mastery to get noticed.
“The earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry
If you think about it, everything we write and everything we read is framed by our lovely planet. Even science fiction is rooted in what we know from Earth. Today, we hope you take a moment to celebrate the best writing prompt we’ve ever had. The mother of all writing prompts, if you will. The rotating Google doodles show the diversity in beauty we get to experience, from the arctic to the deep ocean to the desert to the forest. We’re pretty lucky.
Remember how we said we love our town? Each year the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce recognizes seven women “for their outstanding leadership in influencing the growth of others in the community and/or in their professional organization.” This year, our very own Lesley is a recipient! I couldn’t be more proud. Continue reading “Congratulations, Lesley!”→
We all have our author crushes. (That is a thing, right?) My latest is Mo Willems, not least because he is instilling in my daughter a love of reading. You see, I was terrified that I would be the only editor and writer with an illiterate child. Yes, yes, she’s only in kindergarten, but the fear was real. And then Mo Willems rode Pigeon into our lives.
My formerly uninterested daughter is now devouring books, thanks to the brilliance of this man. His many books are favorites among children and parents alike. Not surprisingly, Willems is a bestselling author, has won several important awards, and is known to be a family man. Yeah, I’m in love. Continue reading “Friday Fun Facts: Mo Willems”→
Q. Is it safe to assume that the Chicago Manual of Style itself is written in Chicago style? Sometimes I can’t find a specific answer, but the word or phrase itself is actually used somewhere therein.
A. Yes, you can assume that the Manual is written in Chicago style. Be aware, however, that the figures may depart from Chicago style in some details, since they are taken from actual manuscripts and published books or journals. Often during editing, a given detail of house style may be tweaked or even ignored to honor common practice in that writer’s discipline. For that reason, each figure should be regarded as an illustration of the point being made in that section, rather than as exemplifying Chicago style in every detail.
Q. I am teaching my students CMOS notes and bibliography type for all of their academic papers. When using footnotes on a paper the student did the full bibliographic citation on page 1. Then on page 2 there was a reference to the same source. Is it correct to allow the student to simply use author-date for that subsequent citation? Or is it more correct for the student to repeat the full bibliographic citation?
A.Chicago prefers shortened citations after the first full mention. Section 14.18 of CMOS will give you a solid overview of notes/bibliography style that will help you teach your students. Our Citation Quick Guide includes examples of such shortened citations (author, title, page). In addition, our Shop Talk blog has a great deal of free information geared toward helping students learn Chicago style and good citation and paper-writing practices.
Happy Friday, everybody! We thought we’d mix it up this week—instead of going all editorial on you, we’ll tell you a little bit about our amazing town: Bloomington, Indiana. After all, living in a small town with a strong focus on the local economy is important to us!
A lot of people think that editors just read all day. That is close to the truth, though our type of reading is radically different from pleasure reading. And, there are many, many other aspects of our jobs. At Inkblot, we offer so many services that go beyond strengthening sentences and improving cadence.
Rachel’s best April Fools’ Day joke: When she was about eight or nine, she was rubbing her dad’s back and pretended to sneeze, instead spraying him with a hidden spray bottle of water. His reaction was priceless.
Lesley’s best April Fools’ Day joke: Nothing! With two sisters, she was afraid of retaliation!