Mind Your ABC’s


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Posted Online: Oct. 06, 2011, 3:01 pm
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Accurate spelling may join cursive handwriting and telephone etiquette on the endangered list of analog skills. In a story about the decline in quality of written English, the BBC quoted a British online entrepreneur who claimed that a single spelling error on a commercial website can cut online sales in half.

If a typo can threaten to bring down a website, imagine what a mistake on a résumé can do to your job candidacy.

Hiring managers aren’t any more forgiving of spelling and grammar errors just because written communications have become more casual. “A mistake on a résumé or cover letter is still the quickest ticket to the trashcan,” says Kevin Nall, associate director, Baylor University Career Services, Waco, Texas. “If a jobseeker can’t write even one page, mistake-free, on their best day, the employer will wonder what their daily work habits are going to be like.

“Year in and year out, one of the major concerns employers have with new college graduates is their ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.”














 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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