I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.

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  1. Doberluv

    Doberluv Active Member

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    I came across this while looking at something else. It is written quite funnily. Did you know you might not get hired if your, (not you're) grammar is sloppy? A lot (not alot) of people these days don't think it's (now, is that its or it's?) too (to, two, too) important. But according to this guy, it signifies more than meets the eye.

    I bet I'm guilty of some of the things he talks about. I think I tend to use commas like shells scattered from a shot gun. :p I stick them any place I think I'd pause a little bit if speaking. That's not correct, I guess.

     
  2. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    I agree with him!

    Unfortunately, around here there aren't many people hiring who have an appreciation for -- or acquaintance with -- decent writing skills.
     
  3. stafinois

    stafinois Professional Nerd

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    Agree 100%
     
  4. Grab

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    I agree. I work with a few people..both technician as well as receptionist wise..who cannot spell simple words. Once in awhile might be chalked up to a simple mistake. But these are repeated things. Of words we use frequently.

    These are records that can be sent to other hospitals, and words like "bowl" and "testicle" are spelled incorrectly. Embarrassing.

    ETA: it's even sadder when the person just shrugs it off, saying "I'm a bad speller". At least learn from it...
     
  5. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I think it depends on what your hiring them for. I know of one person who has a heart bigger than anyone else I have ever met that doesn't write well. I know another, that will have your back and do the job when everyone else drops the ball who cannot spell worth a darn. Neither have jobs working where the written word is all that important. WE all have strengths and weaknesses which make us better at some things and not good at others. If I was to dismiss these two people I am thinking of, I would be devastated. One is my hero of all time, the other, my pride and joy. Both are intelligent, hard working, loving people that I trust with all my heart.
     
  6. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I think it depends. Everyone slips up every now and again.

    I will admit I get annoyed very easily by spelling that is just consistently bad. I usually won't say anything but I wince every time. Some of it is just so bad that it is hardly legible at all.

    But I don't see why an employer would care if your spelling and grammar is a little bit off on a non-formal site (like facebook or a forum). It's an informal setting so who cares if they mess up a colon and a semicolon?

    If it's professional then at least send it through a spell checker. But if it's some obscure rule or error, then I would let it slide. The important thing (imo) is having someone that can communicate efficiently. And that can mean good spelling but it can also mean just being concise.

    There was a girl I used to work with who would type out these long, arduous emails that no one could follow. Her sentences were in such random order and she would try to use huge words she didn't know the meaning of. She could spell though. ;) That's just as bad as bad spelling.
     
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    I totally agree with the guy too. English grammar is very easy, I don't understand how people mess it up.
     
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    I agree.

    And I really, really hate it when someone says, "Oh, everyone makes mistakes!" or "Oh, sorry we aren't just perfect!" or "Who cares? Why do we all have to have perfect grammar all the time?"

    It drives me absolutely nuts. Mistakes happen, yes. But BASIC things? Spelling that you can just as easily look up? Seriously?

    It's laziness. And when someone calls you out on it saying it's laziness and ignorance, it's stupidity when the person gets angry about it.
     
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    Another grammar snob here. :)
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  12. ~Tucker&Me~

    ~Tucker&Me~ and Spy.

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    I am going to be honest, sometimes on Chaz when I see a post with no punctuation and spelling errors I skip right over it. It's more difficult to read and I can't be bothered piecing it together. It always seems to be the same people too lol.
     
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    I wonder if a good deal of the backlash toward lazy grammar -- and there's a difference between honestly not knowing, issues like dyslexia, etc. and the annoying, "can't be bothered" aberrations -- hasn't come from all the text and street speak that some don't have sense enough to realize or too arrogant to accept does NOT wash in the working world.
     
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    I wish we had that stipulation at the vet clinic. It's very sad when someone can't spell "says" or "cause" properly, let alone some of the medical terms we use regularly. This not only applies to writing, but also to speaking - hearing "That's legit!" every two minutes is REALLY annoying.
     
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    I used to be proud of my grammar and spelling. I do know it but when typing on forums, texts, etc I am usually doing something else at the same time, talking to the kids, messing with the dogs, what have you, and I just make a lot of really simple mistakes that I KNOW, I just dont give enough attention to.

    Like I just texted my cousin and wrote here instead of hear...holy crap, how did I mess that one up? Well, I was thinking of each word instead of the whole sentence and I use "here" much more often. Gah, so annoying when I do that.
     
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    On forums, I'm way more lax. I know I make errors - usually typos - and I don't proofread my posts. But when I really write for classes or what have you, I spell check, grammar check, and then read it multiple times (spell check is NOT useful when your paper has a lot of taxonomy in it!).

    The other day I was writing either here or some other online place and I wrote "your" instead of "you're." I felt like I should have shot myself on the spot :rofl1: Fortunately, my time to edit the post had not yet passed, so I was able to fix it :p
     
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    I am much more conscious of my grammar in a professional setting than I am on an online forum or messaging someone. I have a particular fondness for the ... when writing casually. I can't bring myself to use outright abbreviations (like u) and I know the difference between "their, they're, there". On texts though I have to go through a menu to get to the apostrophe so I usually don't use one.

    I think it depends on the workplace and the quality of the person you are looking to hire. Of course you can't be sending emails to the big shots in the state or something with bad grammar, but in simpler jobs..I don't see where it is terribly wrong if someone great has a little trouble with grammar or spelling. I work with someone that is a terrible speller but she goes out of her way to ask the correct spelling or copy it if necessary.
     
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    Oh yes, me too. And starting sentences with conjunctions.
     
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    My favorite:)
     
  20. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    I am also quite fond of the ... while online

    Most of the time I am posting from my phone and I am just too lazy to bother switching keypad screens for punctuation lol

    I also post the way I would speak. The ... Would Be a dramatic or exaggerated pause lol captials would be a word I would make a point to emphasize when I am talking lol
     

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