In addition to the technical skills that are needed in the workplace, your command of job-specific skills can help ensure you get hired or promoted.
Often technical, hard, and job-specific skills are interchangeable, but this is not always the case.
That means finding people with the right technical skills to get the job done.
Many technical skills require training and experience to master. Hard skills are those that can be taught in a classroom, and can be defined, evaluated, and measured (as opposed to soft skills, which are personal attributes that help you succeed at work).
Without looking at a mountain of lesson plans or interviewing a plethora of instructors from across the country, it is impossible to know what is and what isn’t commonly taught in first-year composition courses.
Admittedly, introductory writing and research classes can vary greatly from institution to institution and even from instructor to instructor within the same department.
In a work which is very short (no more than five or six pages), it is rarely necessary to divide the work into sections.
Longer works, however, are usually best divided into sections which are at least named and possibly also numbered; numbers are recommended if there are more than two or three sections.
As a college librarian, Patricia Knapp worked with many students who were new to academic research and writing.
She observed that beginning students often “have a basic misconception of the function” of research: “they look for and expect to find ‘the answer to the question’ instead of evidence to be examined” (as quoted in Kuhlthau, 10).