Grammar is a key element in how you present yourself. It is essential if you want anyone to take what you are saying seriously.
When it comes to job hunting, correct grammar, punctuation and capitalization are even more important. Although your education and professional experience might give a pretty good picture of the employee you may be, how you communicate says more about you than what is on the resume.
That’s why a resume and cover letter with proper grammar and no spelling errors is integral. If your resume or cover letter are full of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or incorrectly used words, the recruiter might get the wrong impression. He/she might think that you are uneducated, lazy or in a hurry and didn’t give the proper attention to your resume. Chances are that another candidate will be chosen.
As Kyle Wiens mentions in his article: “…grammar is relevant for all companies. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between their, there, and they’re”.
Remember, the way you present yourself in your job application is the first impression a company has of you. If you present yourself poorly on paper, the company might not take the time to know you at all, no matter what your credentials are.
Take advantage of the many resources, both online and off, that can help you put together a polished, grammatically correct resume and cover letter. You can always use Ginger on your computer and avoid these mistakes you might regret later.
Good luck on your job hunt!
The Ginger Team