You won't believe the spelling mistakes millennials are making
Proofread that resume. A recent study shows that the 24-and-under set is prone to some pretty astonishing typos.
It’s time to make friends with spellcheck. According to a study by San Francisco-based texting app Blend, users in the 16 to 24 age range—in other words, millennials—could use some loving guidance on the spelling front.
With 200,000 users involved in the study (instigated by accident when developers mistakenly turned off spellcheck for 72 hours), it serves as a friendly reminder to stay on top of your spelling not just in texts, but resumes and cover letters too.
Some of the most commonly misspelled words, like Budweiser (spelled “Budwieser”) and Yuengling (spelled “Yingling”), might only show up if you’re applying for a job at a brewery—apparently, millennials are spending a lot of time texting about beer—but it’s still worth staying vigilant. Spelling mistakes can be a resume killer, according to Google HR boss Laszlo Bock: “Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality.”
Other frequently misspelled words were weird (“wierd") and definitely (“defiantly”), the New York Daily News reported. Blend organized the data by coast, finding that West Coast texters struggled with the words possession (“possesion") and virility (“virilty"), while East Coasters commonly misspelled rhythm (“rhthym”) and embarrassing (“embarassing"). The nation’s worst spellers were reportedly found in Brooklyn, Dallas, and San Mateo, California.
Poor spelling in a resume, cover letter or email chain can sink an otherwise qualified job candidate. Typos make it look like they can’t be bothered to make even a token effort and give a negative impression to hiring managers, and grammar counts too. Make sure your sentences are grammatically airtight—and don’t get tripped up on the easy stuff, like misused punctuation marks.
Proofread your work, and don’t hesitate to show it to a friend—sometimes it’s easy to gloss over your own mistakes, especially when you know in your head how something is supposed to read. While you’re at it, make sure you’re not including clichéd words and phrases, correctly spelled or otherwise.
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