In today’s news a teacher has been lambasted for sending an email to parents littered with spelling and grammatical errors. The article makes clear the poor impression this made on the parents in question. It struck a chord with me because I often receive emails from students and grads with similar errors. I assume the mindset is “It’s only an email” and when it comes to cvs, cover letters and application forms they’d get this right.
But every communication you have with others matters. Impressions are formed in every communication you have. Amongst friends and family fair enough but when it comes to ‘professional’ interactions with employers and careers consultants (yes, even us) do your image a favour and get your emails right. It’s quicker to create a bad impression than form a good one. And it could cost you a job.