The Grammar PolicePosted: October 16, 2021
I recently reviewed resumes for a very senior position. I was blown away with problems of grammar, spelling and punctuation. These were people with PhD’s! You would think they would know how to spell and write in complete sentences. Regardless of their qualifications, their inability to write correctly lost them the chance to be considered.
Now, in full disclosure, we all make mistakes. I know that I’ve made some typos in this blog. I typically read every post 3-4 times before I post it, and I still make mistakes. But, I believe that you, friendly reader, are a bit more forgiving. I’m trying to help you (and suggest you buy my book). I am not trying to get you to hire me.
Don’t let simple mistakes in your key documents derail your chance at your dream job. Have someone else proofread your documents before you submit them. When you read what you wrote, you know what it says, and your eyes tend to skip over the mistakes. Make sure you are using a current version of whatever software you are using, and make sure you turn on both the spelling and grammar checking. If you can get access to use, use a product like Grammarly, it’s phenomenal. Finally, if English is not your native language, you need to do all of these things. Don’t miss a shot at a great job because you didn’t pay enough attention to your written documents. Make sure the spelling and grammar are correct. If the carpenter’s rule is measure twice – cut once, the job hunter’s rule should be proofread 3 or 4 times – submit once. If you are struggling with your job search, this might help. https://im-fired.com/about-the-book/