Spelling/grammar errors in job advertisements

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
314 posts
Helper bee

When I was applying to colleges one of my acceptance letters had spelling and gramatical errors in it.  I was truly floored.  When I read the letter, I  immediately knew I would not be attending that school.  Professionals still need to put their best foot forward despite the world being more accepting of “text talk.”  

Post # 4
5104 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Jacqui90:  I am a teacher and it SHOCKS me when people send emails out (including the VICE PRINCIPAL) using the incorrect your/you’re or their/there/they’re. It drives me absolutely insane. You are a TEACHER! 

Post # 7
397 posts
Helper bee

Jacqui90:  My FI is somewhat of a “public figure” (for lack if better term) for another city, I guess you could say? So, he has some local politicians, higher-ups, etc. on his Facebook. My favorite is a very high-strung and demanding City Manager. Yes, a manager of an actual city. This guy is constantly spelling things wrong, and using words in the wrong context. Not due to “text talk” or tricky spell check, either. I always get a kick out of his posts. 

Yesterday, he posted something and completely butchered the word “marriage”. Phonetically, it would have close to accurate, but it just… Wasn’t.

Post # 9
523 posts
Busy bee

I’m a little baffled that you wouldn’t apply simply because of “maybe” versus “may be”. For all you know it could be that the person typed it up on their phone and autocorrect kicked in.  Or they were distracted and didn’t proofread it. I think that that slight a problem is the silliest reason not to apply to a job when you obviously are in need of income.

Post # 10
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I think it would be foolish to simply not apply to a job because of a typing error when you so desperately need a job Jacqui…seriously. lol

Post # 12
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

Also many times a company will have an outside source, such as a recruiting agency, typing up their job postings. Not an excuse for stupid mistakes, but it doesn’t always reflect the integrity of the company.

Post # 14
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Eh. There are plenty of high-ranking professionals who struggle with written communication. I don’t think it’s a particularly judge-worthy offence. It can often be due to the person making a typo, not being a native speaker, or just the way their brain is wired.

I used to work at a nationally well-known hospital and our fundraising director wrote emails with glaring errors. English wasn’t her first language, but she was accomplished, ambitious, and spearheaded an annual charity fundraiser that’s basically a Canadian cultural institution. I was a junior coordinator and edited all of her emails/communications. It used to annoy me when she sent out a memo and the admin girls would make fun of the sentence structure and incorrect verbiage of someone otherwise accomplished and lovely. 

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