WorkWise BlogTip: Master spelling, grammar, punctuation

culp@workwise.netDecember 2, 2012 

DEAD END

You’ve done everything you can think of to get ready for your job hunt. You updated your skills, bought the appropriate garb and developed a list of companies where you think you’d like to work.

Because you researched the companies, you geared your resume to each one. In some cases you submitted your resume online, but knowing your chances are poor that way, you’ve also contacted employers directly and taken your resume into interviews.

Do you ever wonder why your job hunt seems to be going nowhere?

“Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors may be the reason a potential employer is just not that into you,” comments Allison VanNest (grammarly.com). Grammarly’s Facebook survey of 2,200 respondents cited spelling and grammar as “the scariest issues in professional communication,” VanNest says.

She points out that people misuse words, write run-on sentences, goof with apostrophes and forget salutations. A variation of the latter is the “To-whom-it-may-concern” greeting. “... the aevrgae job sekeer maeks less than one spelilng misktae per remsue,” VanNest reports. But what about when you consider grammar, spelling and punctuation together?

Women-four, men–more than six. “Since one mistake is too many in your resume,” she concludes, “there’s no winner in this war of the sexes.”

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