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How much do typos bother you?

Recently a friend told me he got rejected for a job.
HR was specific that they did not appreciate the typos in his Cover Letter.
I frowned.
He should be skilled for the job.
Do a few errors really matter? It’s not like he was going  for an Editor job.

When I opened WordPress this morning I saw a long comment from a fellow blogger.
She didn’t like my post much and told me the words I wrote are “repulsive”.
She ended with saying that also my grammar and spelling are “appalling”.
Was this the end of it?
On another post she felt the need to point out again that she does proof reading for non-native speakers and I could use her services.

I wish I could prove her wrong.
But she is right, I do make some mistakes here and there.

So, how much do typos matter?

The first thing that we have to remember is that English is not everyone’s native language.
I read back some of the early emails with my manager.
My Cover Letter isn’t flawless.
His emails weren’t either.
But we understood each other just fine.

Some people spend money on hiring in a consultant who proof reads the CV and Letter.
But does that really represent your own skills?

Any official document (at least the companies I have worked for) will always contain: Created by, Review by and Approved by.
Meaning, more than 1 person is going to look at the document before it is send out.
This, with the golden rule that you can never review your own work.

So how can I proof read my own posts?
Let it sit and look at it the next day, when my brain is fresh?
I know that my biggest issue is that forget to type some words, so the sentence seems incomplete.

My main goal with blogging has always been expressing an experience or emotion I felt at that certain moment.
The next day, I can assure you, I will feel different.
It would also kind of take away the joy of blogging if I’d be shaking over a few typos each time I want to hit “publish”.

I will say, however, that I do judge people who don’t know the difference between “your & you’re” or “their and they’re”.
And people who use sentence like “how r u” and “thanx” make me cringe.
But that is not really a typo, is it?

How much do limited typos matter to you, both professionally and on the blogosphere?
Are you more accepting of someone who is not native English?

Are you nervous before hitting the Publish key?

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18 replies

  1. As somebody who used to hire a lot of people, yes, they do matter professionally as they are an indication of understanding corporate culture and attention to detail. In the blogging world, I say it hardly matters. Most of what you find in blogs is stream-of-consciousnesses writing with comes with more errors. I read and write blogs with a non-critical eye. Typo away! I’ll still come back!

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      1. You’re right, they pass that hurdle without me catching on. Job interviews are like opening a door just a crack to see whose on the other side. Until you actually hire them, you’ll never know for sure.


  2. Professionally, I realize that if I am applying for a job, I could be up against dozens of candidates, and therefore I realize that one glaring typo could put me in the reject pile.

    In terms of blogging, I worry about typos in my blogging because I want to be taken seriously, and a lot of typos would undermine that I fear. But a lot of people don’t worry about that as much as I do, which is fine by me because I will come back to your blog if the content is good and interesting to me (typos or not).


    1. I think the application process is quite strict. People sometimes are in huge stress for not being able to find a job for a long amount of time and therefore could make some errrors.

      I agree with blogging! As long it’s readable and enjoyable, it should be ok 🙂

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  3. Hi, in a professional capacity such as applying for a job I would definitely be a little more cautious with what I was typing, but in terms of writing blogs, facebook posts etc I really don’t think it matters at all. I love it when people write from their heart and would much rather read a heartfelt blog post than be overly concerned with editing. For me, I thought about writing a blog for YEARS! I did it earlier this year and have come to realise that done is better than perfect. I have re-read my old posts and found errors, but I don’t care because the message is there. I also love what you say about the thrill of pressing publish. It’s a great feeling and if you waited until all your posts were perfect before publishing, you could be waiting forever. Also, if someone has any level of fluency in another language, I forgive them so much! I am always in awe of anyone who has mastered another language and so really don’t care (even though I notice it) when they make any kind of error.


    1. Ahh that’s very nice to hear!
      I think a lot of people are stressing to hit publish button, so if some people on the the blog community could be a bit more forgiving.
      Also, I wouldn’t have minded if that person simply pointed out my errors. Then I can just corret them 🙂


  4. Yes, I do pay attention to any errors on the resume and cover letters. They’re not always read thoroughly, but you cannot afford yourself the luxury of not proofing them. (I hate the hiring process. Yes, it can show you a glimpse of the potential employee/ employer, but there’s so much smoke and mirrors and acting that you have to be very intuitive to see through it all.)

    I remember you wrote a similar post on your old blog, so I thought it was a thing of the past, but you wrote that you read someone’s comment “this morning”. Is it the same person as before? “Repulsive”? That’s a bit much. Your posts aren’t perfectly written. That’s true. But it certainly doesn’t bother me. I read them for the content (and for you as a person).

    There was a time when I would re-read my posts to make sure there were no typos. I would type the whole thing first and then re-read it. Then, I started scanning every paragraph I wrote. I found that to be an easier way: write a paragraph, read it, write the next, read it, etc. However, I have to admit that I haven’t been doing either for a while. I started using Grammarly. It’s not perfect. Sometimes it wants to correct the things I don’t. Or it doesn’t catch the things that should be caught. What’s worse is that I started relying on it so much that I stopped proofing myself. I am always very grateful when someone points out a typo. I go and correct it. I try and correct others, but most of the time it is when they write poetry. I don’t want them to actually publish a poem with a typo (happens more often than you’d think). Most people do recommend writing and then leaving it and coming back, but I aint got time!

    I totally agree with your final paragraph. Those “errors” turn me off quickly.

    Like someone else mentioned in the comment section, I treat native speakers differently than people for whom English is not a first language.


    1. Maybe it’s more of a thing in the USA? I’ll have to prepare myself for that.
      I have only ever worked in companies where English is the company language, but honestly, never been impressed by colleagues or management.

      Personally I think a few small typos are acceptable. Nobody is perfect. How can you know for sure if that person didn’t hire someone to check it for them?
      Too many of course is not acceptable.

      I’d be happy if that woman had pointed out the typo instead of writing something like that. I almost deleted my whole website. I did delete most my previous blog. I am not angry at her, but I do feel embarrassed.

      Ha, good to know 😉

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  5. 🙂 If a person has typographical errors within their blog posts, I would be lenient with them.

    However, I am not so forgiving with typographical errors in my blog posts; which is the reason why I proofread my blog posts thoroughly.


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