Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Spelling and Grammar

There are few things worse than sending out a press release with spelling and grammatical errors. It is very unprofessional and if a potential employer sees anything, even your resume, with these errors, they're bound to turn you down for the job. Here are a few tips for keeping your documents error-free.

-Use spell check. Word processing programs have this amazing button that actually goes through your document and checks for spelling errors! USE IT!

-Sometimes spell check misses things, but that is because the word is spelled correctly. However, it's not the word you want to use. Read over your document a few times to check for words that are spelled right, but are the wrong words to use.

-Make sure you use commas and apostrophes in the correct place. Use the AP Stylebook for these guidelines.

-Use the correct form of a word: they're / their / there, to / too / two, then / than, your / you're, etc.

They're going to the beach. This is their house. There is a cat.

I'm going to the movies. We are coming with you, too. I have two umbrellas.

They went to the movies, then they went out for ice cream. My dog is better than your dog.

Is this your car? You're going to love this restaurant!

-Keep reading over the document. Have someone else look over it for some fresh eyes too!

1 comment:

Holly Grande said...

Great advice, and very true! I can tell you from first-hand experience that if a potential intern sends me a poorly written resume or cover letter, I will hit the delete button without a second thought. Writing ability is a basic, necessary skill in PR.