Study after study highlights
writing as a major skill that planning employers are looking for in new hires.
Two specific kinds of writing seem most challenging to beginning planners.
First, is the short memo, letter, or executive summary of a page or two. Busy decision-makers don't have a lot of time. It's essential to be able to convey information to them in a clear and succinct format. Spend time learning how to use key phrases, content rich subheadings, bullets, short tables, and charts to convey information to audiences who are overloaded with information.
The second challenging type of writing is the longer report. I am often surprised that students can get most of the way though graduate school without ever having written a document of 40 or more pages. Such writing requires a number of skills. These include:
planning programs now offer classes in writing. Most programs without a specific class in writing offer classes where writing is emphasized--seek these out and take some of them. You can also take advantage of a number of online resources. For example, Purdue has a useful site explaining how to write a memo. And be sure you develop skills in both shorter and longer formats.