Anyone close to me knows that I have a zero tolerance approach to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve also made mistakes in the past. The same can even be said for the best authors in history. However, there are mistakes and then MISTAKES. If you think a period (.) is a regular menstrual period, you will never work with me. If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, I will not hire you for sure.
As an editor, my job also comes with frustration. I’ve seen/heard a bunch of grammar mistakes from people looking to get a job in the media industry. So whether you are seeking a role in the production or editorial department, it makes sense that you get your grammar together. I’ve had to make a preemptive strike against groan-worthy grammar errors. Sure, language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t make grammar unimportant. Good grammer is credibility. At home, work or play, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you when you’re not physically present. Believe it or not, people judge you if you can’t tell the difference between were and where.
In this industry, grammar has everything to do with creativity, productivity and intelligence. If it takes a person 20 years to notice how to properly use who and whom, then I can’t be comfortable working with him or her. So, even in this competitive market, I will pass on a fantastic graphic artist who cannot write or speak properly. At the end of the day, people who think grammar isn’t important are likely to think lots of other important things aren’t important.
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