Gramer and Speling mistake’s

Ruth Skelton 23.09.2015

How did this misspelt and grammatically flawed title sit with you when you read it?

The majority of the population would say that correct grammar is important because it provides the structure and the frame for sentences.  It holds the sentences the way in which a coat hanger holds clothes, but how important is it and how important is spelling? 

I’d say in this famous example, it’s pretty important. 'Charles the First walked and talked half an hour after his head was cut off.'  Instead read 'Charles the First walked and talked. Half an hour after, his head was cut off.' Without punctuation or grammar, the sentence reads completely differently.  Another example is ‘I don’t want to change Mum’/I don’t want to change, Mum’.  Without a simple comma, the sentence means something completely different. 

Other main grammatical errors and spelling mistakes recruiters generally see on CVs and emails are: (brace yourselves…)

  • Too/to/two
  • Their/there/they’re
  • Too many CAPITALS 
  • The overuse of apostrophes. We see a lot of ‘GCSE’s’ / ‘A level’s’, even the plural of CV tends to gain a friendly apostrophe (CV’s)
  • Where/were/we’re
  • You, yourself and me, myself, 
  • Then/than 
  • Your/you’re
  • Weather/Whether

 

The first point of contact you make with a potential employer or recruiter is almost always written, be it your application form, your cover letter, or your CV.  Forget first impressions in the flesh, your writing skills are your first impression. Written communication is an imperative skill that is highlighted in many job specifications, so if you leave silly mistakes in your writing from the outset, your chances are almost slashed before you’ve even started.  If an employer has hundreds of applications, he or she will start to go through them by sifting through the definite ‘Nos’.  Those are generally CVs which have silly mistakes on them as they’re easy to see.  Additionally, the company/employer will always consider how good your written skills are at the outset if you’re due to be contacting customers or clients in this way, as your careless mistakes could be detrimental to the company brand.

Bad grammar/spelling implies the following:

  • Laziness – your CV is your one piece of written work that should make you shine
  • Lack of attention to detail 
  • Lack of pride in your work 

(It might cast a grey cloud over the other attributes and skills that you may have).

People may say that they’ve not had a good enough education to understand the difference between the main grammatical errors as listed above.  However, it is one of the first things we’re taught in English classes in primary school as you can’t write a sentence without it.  As adults, we should be able to learn it quicker than when we were kids.  Grammar is a hanger as said in my opening sentence, a structure to all of your sentences, and once you have taken the time to learn it, it becomes second nature and you don’t even have to think about it.  If you don’t want to learn it, that’s absolutely fine too, you can just type it into our friend ‘Google’ if you’re unsure, and you’ll have the answer in less than a minute!

I understand that for a lot of jobs, grammar and spelling doesn’t matter at all as you don’t ever use written communication, however it is mostly important when it comes to finding a job.  If you don’t understand it ahead of writing your CV, look it up, have it checked, and it’ll put you leaps and bounds ahead of all of those who haven’t. 

Good grammar/spelling implies the following:

  • You care enough to double/triple check your work
  • You’re educated 
  • You’re intelligent 
  • You have pride in your work 
  • Credibility and authority 
  • You’re a great candidate
Ruth Skelton's picture
Senior Manager | Accounting & Finance and Office Support Recruitment
rskelton@morganmckinley.co.uk