Poor Grammar, on the *Lose*

Jenn Cobb Bates


September 18, 2013

I seen your website ad and figured out it is a good way to get my foot on your door.

Why should grammar matter? In the age of text messaging and auto-correct programs that infiltrate the lives of most people, it is easy to become lazy in terms of using proper grammar. When typing and texting, most do not worry about correcting these blunders because the messages are too informal to require a second glance. Conversations among family members or friends may have casual grammar slip-ups without a second thought. In contrast, grammar matters whether the person is contesting a parking ticket to a public official or drafting an email to a senior manager.

For example, how often does the public see a high profile CEO or public figure using poor grammar? This is not a common occurrence because persons who represent an organization must be credible with a professional reputation.

The opportunity to make a positive impression begins with the initial correspondence to a potential employer. An online resume might be an employer’s first glance of each candidate applying for the job and it will determine which person is moved to the top of the list or to the proverbial trash bin. Even if a job does not require writing experience, well-spoken dialogue directly coincides with the character of a true professional.

During the interview, the employer is looking for someone to represent the company in a positive manner.  Once hired, the employee should continually demonstrate credibility and professionalism if they plan to advance to a better paying job role.

Don’t overlook the opportunity to shine when applying for a job or speaking to colleagues. The evidence of solid grammar skills in both written and oral communications should be top priority for persons who wish to advance professionally or in the academic setting.


Check out the available course here to learn more on how to improve your grammar using Everyday Dialogues.