Why grammar still matters in your job search.
Time is at a premium; we get it – with multiple means of communications coming at you at any given time, it is no wonder our methods of communication have become curt in nature. From crying kids to whining dogs, overtime to parent-teacher conferences; there are simply so many demands for our time that something has to give.
Moreover, as a result, we take shortcuts. We text, we message, we type before we think, we hit send before we proofread. It is not actually wrong; it is just not what one would call professional.
As a result, the proper use of grammar has simply become less of a priority. You’ll see typos in major news and media sources, and it is more common to see resume errors and communications via text during job searches. A culture of posting, blogging, and meme-ing have shortened our attention span and fundamentally altered the way we communicate. This is just life in 2016.
However, don’t fall prey to the times when it comes to your job search. Be vigilant about all of your communications and ensure all of your personal forms of outreach are spot on professional. Write a proper cover letter, use full sentences, don’t abbreviate, and spell check! Tools like www.grammarly.com and http://www.whitesmoke.com/spell-check.html are at your disposal, so use them! However, remember, they are not foolproof, they cannot always tell a their from a they’re when spelled correctly, nothing beats a real proofreading from a human being. Its to bad. (see what we mean?)
And if you need some specific reasons as to why grammar does matter, consider these points:
- Many manager level professionals are still of a prior generation, baby boomers if you will, that have *not* bought into the idea of grammar being something that should be taken with a grain of salt. They may text talk offline, but when it comes to hiring, they expect a professional demeanor at all times.
- Some hiring managers and recruiters simply will not consider a candidate with a typo on their resume. It is a matter of principle. If you cannot be sure your resume is perfect, how can you possibly provide attention to detail on the job? While it may not be considered “fair” to judge someone based on their use of a semicolon, it happens. Moreover, yes, a hire is supposed to be about the person as a whole, but grammatical errors are often used as a litmus test to weed out those who fail to present themselves as the best they can be.
- Clients expect professionalism, why not make it an everyday practice? Few companies would ever consider sending text-speak like communications to their customers. If you make it a practice to be professional at all times, your work stays on par with expectations. Start to DV8 and soon you’ll stop placing a priority on maintaining a professional demeanor, both in speech and in written communication.
- If you cannot show respect for yourself, your future employer, and ultimately your career, who can you show respect for? And yes, grammar is still considered a form of respect to many professionals.
So remember, make every communication count. Whether it is a phone message, an email, or even a text (yes some hiring managers now text!) spend the extra moment to make sure the spelling, punctuation, and grammar are all spot on. After all, professional environments still exist outside the social media and lifestyle bubble, and many companies will require a professional persona at all times.
Finally, if you need assistance or a second set of eyes, send along your resume to one of Masiello Employment’s recruiting staff, and we can coach and guide you to being your professional best.