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Best Online Language Tools

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Billed as the “best online language tools for word nerds”, this Lifehacker post includes dictionaries, thesauruses, ways to find and fix common mistakes, and even pronunciation tools.

A must have for anyone who ever writes anything. That means you!

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How to Write a Cover Letter

You could write the best resume in the world and be highly qualified for a job, but if your cover letter is poorly written, generic, or misguided, you can pretty much throw your chances out the window. The cover letter is your first, and sometimes your only opportunity to grab an employer’s attention and let them know why your resume is worth reading. Since there are many different ways to write a cover letter, depending on the employer and the method of transmission, for example, here are some ways to make yours stand out along with some examples you can tweak to your liking.

We of course have lots of information at our Job Find Club website (students, login to the students’ centre to find it!), but this is a nice step-by-step walkthrough of writing a really good cover letter.

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Use a Reverse Dictionary to Help You Spell

OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. Just type it into the box above and hit the “Find words” button. (Keep it short to get the best results.) In most cases you’ll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first.

You can use this to look up what the name of that little nub on the end of your shoelace is called, use it as a thesaurus, generate a list of words in a category such as Canadian authors or identify the longest river in the world.

I found this particular reverse dictionary a little cumbersome in that you have to click three times to find out if the word you chose is the correct one, but it’s still more useful than the paper version I have on a shelf at home!

However, the most useful part of this site is the wildcards. With some creative wildcard use, you can have it help you spell words! For instance, I always have to think about how many Cs are in recommend, so I typed in rec*end and was rewarded with the correct spelling! Not sure how many Ms and Rs are in tomorrow? Type in to*ow and there you are!

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