Good grammar seems to be a thing of the past. Have the days of text messaging finally made good grammar a thing of the past? Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean good grammar is not important. In fact, it’s one of the most important skills you can have if you care about things like graduating from college and getting a decent job. For all of those out there that do not deem these things important – no need for you to read this article. For the rest of us though, good grammar is essential. Here’s why.
Attention to Detail
Attention to detail is a major characteristic employer’s look for when hiring someone. Writing messages with poor grammar and spelling conveys to the employer that your attention to detail is not so good.
A Symptom of Bigger Problems
Let’s say you are at a meeting where you are attending two separate workshops given by experts in the field of widget making. Expert one gives a great presentation that is well written and executed. She provides handouts that are well formatted without typos. On the other hand, expert number two has several typos on his Power Point slides and his handouts have multiple typos.
You would probably be inclined to doubt the expertise that “expert” number two has in widget making wouldn’t you. That’s because it’s a normal reaction to question the intelligence of someone who writes poorly. Expert number two may be very intelligent, but the poor grammar makes him appear less intelligent. It makes people question the person’s competence in all areas. Poor grammar makes people think you are deficient in other areas – not just writing.
Professionalism and Respect
More and more communication being done on the job is in writing. A person who can craft quality messages will have the respect of his or her coworkers. Just like poor grammar makes you seem dumb, good grammar conveys intelligence. If you want the respect of your fellow employees and the respect of your superiors – brush up your grammar. Part of being successful means commanding respect from others. Good grammar will help you to that end.
Credibility is a huge factor when it comes to being successful in college, on the job, and in life. A person who writes with poor grammar will have a hard time being viewed as a credible person. Since poor grammar is rampant, you can easily set yourself apart by crafting messages with perfect grammar and spelling.
It’s a widely known fact that resumes and cover letters with poor grammar and spelling are the first to get discarded. If you want to get an interview, you’re going to need to make good grammar and spelling a priority.