Recently a friend told me he got rejected for a job.
HR was specific that they did not appreciate the typos in his Cover Letter.
He should be skilled for the job.
Do a few errors really matter? It’s not like he was going for an Editor job.
When I opened WordPress this morning I saw a long comment from a fellow blogger.
She didn’t like my post much and told me the words I wrote are “repulsive”.
She ended with saying that also my grammar and spelling are “appalling”.
Was this the end of it?
On another post she felt the need to point out again that she does proof reading for non-native speakers and I could use her services.
I wish I could prove her wrong.
But she is right, I do make some mistakes here and there.
So, how much do typos matter?
The first thing that we have to remember is that English is not everyone’s native language.
I read back some of the early emails with my manager.
My Cover Letter isn’t flawless.
His emails weren’t either.
But we understood each other just fine.
Some people spend money on hiring in a consultant who proof reads the CV and Letter.
But does that really represent your own skills?
Any official document (at least the companies I have worked for) will always contain: Created by, Review by and Approved by.
Meaning, more than 1 person is going to look at the document before it is send out.
This, with the golden rule that you can never review your own work.
So how can I proof read my own posts?
Let it sit and look at it the next day, when my brain is fresh?
I know that my biggest issue is that forget to type some words, so the sentence seems incomplete.
My main goal with blogging has always been expressing an experience or emotion I felt at that certain moment.
The next day, I can assure you, I will feel different.
It would also kind of take away the joy of blogging if I’d be shaking over a few typos each time I want to hit “publish”.
I will say, however, that I do judge people who don’t know the difference between “your & you’re” or “their and they’re”.
And people who use sentence like “how r u” and “thanx” make me cringe.
But that is not really a typo, is it?
How much do limited typos matter to you, both professionally and on the blogosphere?
Are you more accepting of someone who is not native English?
Are you nervous before hitting the Publish key?