How Good Grammar Improves Your Career

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Finding an employee with great grammar skills today is almost as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. Thanks to our constant need to respond quickly via social media, text and email, using proper grammar is slowly fading away, but most employers are still putting an emphasis on it in the workplace.

Having good grammar is a great skill. In fact, it’s a skill that can help improve your career, and here’s how.

Good grammar is a green light for an interview.

If you are searching for a job and your resume is well written and flawless, you will easily earn yourself a place in the “to interview” pile. Your resume is the first introduction a potential employer has with you. They are using the information on the page as well as the style and tone of the writing to get a feel for who you are and how well you’d fit in with the company. If your resume is chock-full of grammatical errors and misspellings, your resume will have a better chance of landing in the garbage.

Good grammar proves you have an eye for detail.

Every employer wants employees that are not just going to get the job done, but get it done right. If you have good grammar, it shows your employer (or potential employer) that you have an eye for detail. If you take the time to ensure that your written and verbal communications are always correct, it will reflect how you will conduct your other business responsibilities. If you can prove that you have a great attention for detail, both in grammar and in your job, it will be extremely beneficial to you in the long run, as it could help you earn a promotion.

Good grammar can make you stand out among your coworkers.

Being the most liked employee by your boss is always a good thing. Not only does this mean that you will earn the better projects and tasks, but it also means that you are first in line to receive promotions or raises. If you and your coworkers all have the same basic skill level when it comes to your actual job, it may be hard for your employer to choose who he/she wants to promote when the time comes. But if your skill level is the same as your coworkers but your grammar far outweighs the rest of your office, you will be the go-to choice. Most employers would rather promote the employee that is more well spoken and articulate, as they will become more of a face of the company.

Good grammar makes you a professional.

Your boss is never going to have the slang-using intern sit down with a face-to-face chat with their biggest client—it’s not professional. Instead, your boss is going to want this responsibility given to someone who is well spoken and uses the right grammar. Basically, they want a professional. And if you use proper grammar, you’ll be the professional-level individual that he/she wants for the job.

So before you think that you should send in that unproofed and slang-filled resume to a job of your dreams, you may want to think again.

This is a guest post.  Caroline Jones is a teacher and prolific writer.  Find out more information about grammar and the workplace here.

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