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How To Improve Your Grammar and Writing Skills

May 2, 2021

How To Improve Your Grammar and Writing Skills

Believe it or not, the first sentence, phrase, or words that you’ll send to your interviewer can already be a deciding factor whether you’ll be hired or not. This is even more true when it comes to working or applying for a home-based non-voice job position. It’s important to be really careful with what you type and know the basics of English grammar, but it’s also essential to have a grammar and error checker for those days when you’re not feeling 100% sure about what you’re typing.Here are some ideas to consider to improve your writing skills.

1. Less talk less mistake

This also applies when writing as you don’t want to overshare information that could also open a can of worm. You should make your sentences short and simple. This would make it easier for you to be understood and become your safety measure to avoid making errors. Nobody likes reading long emails or chats anyway, right?

2. Preposition

In, On or, At? I grew up using these prepositions based on what just sounds right and that’s the case for most people that don’t have English as their first language. You would have to consider working on to continue improving on how you relay your message.
At – tells us that the following noun is located at a specific point or location. It shows an exact position.Example: I’m waiting at the entrance.
In – tells us the noun is in an enclosed space (surround or closed off on all sides). Basically, when something is inside something.Example: I’m in the office.
On – tells us that the following noun is located on a surface. Use on when one thing is attached to or touching something.Example: Place the plates on the table.

3. Apostrophes

We should always be careful in how we use punctuation marks. One particular turn off for clients is misusing or not using apostrophes. Stick with the simple form if you’re not sure how to use it.Example: 
Hi there,
Im bob! Its great to be able to connect with you. – Wrong
I’m Bob! It’s great to be able to connect with you. – Correct
I am Bob! It is great to be able to connect with you. Correct

4. Names and Titles

One of the worst things you can do is spelling the name of the person you’re writing to incorrectly! There will always be power trippers and if you’re unlucky, misspelling your interviewer’s name would be as good as saying goodbye to the job you’re trying to get into. Make sure to also include the person’s title like Dr. if it’s included on the signature of the person you’re talking to.

5. Read it before sending it!

Most typo errors can be corrected by simply rereading what you typed. It can be a bother for some, especially if you’re in a hurry, but it’s a lifesaver for misspelled words, names, misused punctuation marks, and incorrect information. The difference between written and spoken words is that it leaves a mark and is practically there forever on a sent email or chat. Make sure you read and think before clicking that send button.
Most people search on google for the correct words, punctuations, and grammar, but there’s one easy and free tool you can use to improve your writing skills. You can easily install Grammarly on your web browser. It works wonders for those bits that we sometimes miss. 

Make sure to always practice. Google is also just a click away from finding the correct way to express your thoughts grammatically correct.

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