Developing a profile workplace written communication ability Abstract This paper reports on our study to determine employers' expectations of an acceptable level of written communication ability in graduating students in their quest for employment.. Two research questions guided our study: (1) what criteria do employers adopt in evaluating the quality of written assignments? and (2) what minimum level of written language and communication ability is expected in the workplace? Interviews and samples of two pieces of writing, one an extended piece of writing highlighting students' expression of opinion on a given statement and another, a 200--word report on given stimuli were shown to various human resource personnel from diverse specializations, among others, automotive, media, health-care, to elicit their views on scripts which are acceptable to them and which are not, the criteria adopted in determining the quality of the assignments, their views on what constitutes good and poor writing and their minimum acceptable level for consideration for the workplace. Survey questionnaires were also emailed to other human resource personnel in order to gather additional related information. Results indicate that employers expect written works that depict clarity of thought, accurate reporting, conciseness, correct use of relevant expressions and terminologies and good organisation.