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AVOID EMBARRASSING TYPOS AND INSULTING GRAMMAR ERRORS IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS. IT CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER.
That being said, there are four grammar mistakes that seem to haunt job seekers and workers alike. Whether you’re sending an email, formatting your resume or drafting a cover letter, these are the four areas that deserve a proofread before you hit send, save or print.
1. Eliminating sexist pronouns
To correct this issue, Beason and Lester’s write, “See whether you can make the subject of your sentence plural and change the gender-exclusive pronoun to the plural form (they, them, or their). Try substituting his or her for a gender-exclusive pronoun when the subject is singular. [Or] revise the sentence to avoid using personal pronouns altogether.”
2. Apostrophes in contractions or showing possession
The authors’ advice: “If you use a contraction, it’ll need an apostrophe.” For possession, “Check carefully each use of its and it’s in your writing. If you are indicating possession, there is no need for an apostrophe [with its versus it’s]. However, if you are using a shortened form of it is, you need an apostrophe to take the place of the missing letter.”
Really, you want to minimalize capitalization because it demands importance and attention, which should be saved for your titles and not every reference to the profession or industry. The authors write, “Although capitalization errors can easily occur, it is important to avoid them. Frequently, capitalization errors – like spelling errors – jump out and distract readers from what a writer is saying.” For your credentials, the authors recommend to “Capitalize the names of actual courses, schools, and subjects. Do not capitalize when you are making a general reference.”
To combat fragment sentences, read through each sentence on its own. Does it makes sense standing alone or out of context? Does it still convey a thought? If not, it needs to be merged with another sentence to become complete. This strengthens your writing and the stance you take in it.
Writing well is a skill that every profession benefits from. It can also be what catches the hiring manager’s eye and gets you a resume or what impresses a boss and results in a raise or promotion. Best of all, writing well furthers your causes and conveys your ideas, making a real impact on your career and the world around you.