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Grammar Could Be Holding You Back From Your Dream Career

Posted by Brian Spence on May 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Grammar, Career AdviceMany things that can help you with a job promotion are the same things that can hold you back. Take for instance, grammar. Proper grammar is vital for a successful career. But, if your grammar is sub-par, this can often correlate to your workplace position. Luckily, there are simple solutions for a grammar conundrum.

Grammarly viewed 100 LinkedIn profiles and found a direct correlation between steady job promotions and proper grammar.  

Grammarly is a free online tool that makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10x more mistakes than your word processor.  Those professionals with few to no mistakes on their profiles achieved higher positions. Which then, in-turn, creates the notion of fewer grammatical mistakes means more promotions. Those with one to four promotions over a 10-year period made 45% more grammatical errors than those who have had six to nine promotions in the same time frame.

But grammar isn't just writing, it is human communication as well.

Sue Shellenbarger, a writer for the Wall Street Journal states,"looseness with language can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors." So whether your job requires minimum writing or not, verbal communication with co-workers and clients is always ongoing.

So, what to do to improve your skills? Practice your grammar! Read everything out loud, hearing your words out loud helps with catching spelling mistakes, misplaced commas and other errors. Remember to always proofread, and read when you can. Reading published articles help improve your own grammar.

The grammar you choose to use reflects on you. Whether you are writing a simple email, holding a conference or writing a proposal for a million-dollar grant, your grammar matters.

For more information on this and related topics, visit the Career Advice and Self-Improvement sections of the Staffing Plus Blog.

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