The importance of grammar and spelling

According to a recent study by Plenty of Fish, 58 per cent of people say bad grammar is a deal-breaker.

Whether you are writing your dating profile, soliciting donors for your local hospital, or putting your greatest’s skills into words on a resume, grammar and spelling is a key element of crafting your message. Proper and clear writing demonstrates you can be trusted and strengthens your relationship with your employer and colleagues. It’s also paramount for your career development.

When you use punctuation and words incorrectly, your message lacks credibility and that solid relationship with your donors, employer and colleague cracks and your personal brand crumbles. The quality of your writing carries value. And in this case, literally. Why would an employer pay a high salary if you appear ignorant and don’t bother to proofread your own work?

hand holding red pen over proofreading text on table

Writing is not easy. It takes practice and strong attention to detail. Don’t let bae, your future employer or a donor break up with you over grammar and spelling mistakes! Before sending a text, submitting your resume, or asking donors for money, use spell-check and reread your message.

Resources

Here are resources I currently use to help make my writing clear and grammatically correct:

  1. Grammarly 
    *Note: You can download Grammarly on your phone so your text messages are error free!
  2. Canadian Press Styling Guide
  3. Hemmingway

About the Author Sarah Stone

Results-driven marketing and communication professional. I have experience in multi-channel marketing programs such as social media, web design, print promotion, and content and email marketing.

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