According to the LIWC website, the program sifts through text looking for patterns that reflect different emotions, thinking styles, and social concerns.In 2010, Pennebaker and his colleagues analyzed speed-date conversations using LIWC and found they could predict whether the couples wanted to go out again.After the dates, participants filled out surveys about how much they had in common with their partner and, of course, whether they would be interested in seeing their partners again.
(It's creepy, but bear with me.) By the end of the night, those scientists could tell you pretty quickly how likely it is that your date wants to see you again.
The real truth lies in what no one ever notices—the filler words.
Sentences are made up of content words—football, dance, music—and function words—the, I, an, there, though, that, this.
But while in the comfortable swiveling chair of a good hair stylist, it might ease some job-search stress to get refreshed on language experts’ advice for grammar and word use in order to sound polished, as well as look polished.
One of the most common writing mistakes people make on their resume is a lack of consistency in language use and punctuation, said Mignon Fogarty, professor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.” “It’s important to use parallel structure and bullet points,” she said.