Today is National Grammar Day, a made-up holiday that even many English majors like me think is a little silly. However, it’s also a good reminder that grammar does matter when it comes to how we’re perceived by others, especially when they don’t have anything else to go on.
Take your LinkedIn profile, for example: in many instances, it will be the first impression you make on a potential employer, customer, or colleague. It’s important, then, to take the time to make sure your profile reflects well upon you. Here are two things to focus on:
- Check spelling. Most browsers have spell check built in, or you can download an add-on or copy and paste text into Microsoft Word and run spell check.
- Use complete sentences. Sections like your summary should be kept brief, but it’s still worthwhile to use complete sentences to describe your work. Remember, your profile is your story. Make sure it’s one that others will want to read.
It may seem unfair that someone would judge you based on grammar, but it absolutely does happen. Today, and every day, make grammar a priority and you’ll have a better chance to get new relationships off to a good start.