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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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