Anja van den Berg
“People will judge you on it. That is the harsh reality.” – Simon Horobin, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford
Approximately 85% of people around the world are connected online and receive emails. Around 62% of them communicate via social media. While autocorrection and spelling software has become a given in our lives, the importance of spelling has not lessened – on the contrary, it has never been more important!
Spelling and literacy have reached an apex across all human history. So too has the demands on the quality of delivery.
Poor spelling can interfere with employment opportunities, apparent trustworthiness and even perceived intellect!
The spectrum of risk can be negligible, like sending someone to the wrong address, or it can pose a life-threatening risk, for example when sending someone instructions on prescription medication.
Online job hunting and posting are growing exponentially, and the first impression most employers will get of their prospective employees is their resume or CV. However, where a person might be forgiving with a misspelling, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which scan applications for keywords, lack any remorse.
It does not end at professional documents either – employers also scrutinise applicants’ personal social media to check for suitability.
Tolerance for typos is low. On printed material, it makes the producer look careless or cheap. At the same time, online it has become a signal of a phishing or scamming attempt.
“Modern business is often conducted via quick-fire typing on tiny screens,” says Lenox Morrison, lecturer in the BA (Hons) degree in multimedia journalism. “But your bad spelling is likely making you look less credible and intelligent than you are.”
It would be a mistake to tell young people that spelling does not matter because it is a gateway to education and development in all industries, says Pippa Morgan, head of education and skills at CBI, a UK-based business lobby group.
Spelling skills are required more than ever, warns Simon Horobin, professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. “Make sure that your spelling is up to scratch. Otherwise, people will judge you on it. That is the harsh reality.”
3P Learning: https://www.3plearning.com/blog/blog-importance-spelling/
BBC Worklife: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20170807-the-true-importance-of-good-spelling