I’ve been telling my students this for years: bad language skills hurt them professionally

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Granted one example hardly proves my point, but it does give that point some traction by proving a certain viewpoint exists, namely that people with poor language skills are looked down upon in professional situations (my emphasis):

If you confirm an interview with Kyle Wiens with a note that says, “See you their,” you’ll never be hired at iFixit. Wiens, CEO of the San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based online repair community, won’t hire anyone who uses poor grammar or misspells words. In fact, he thinks people who haven’t mastered basic grammar deserve to be passed over, even if they’re otherwise perfect for the position.

“The person who has decided to not care about grammar is not the kind of person I want to work with,” Wiens said. “I understand missing a comma, but if you use ‘to,’ ‘too’ and ‘two’ incorrectly, it shows me you have no idea what you’re talking about. There’s a very big difference between a typo and something that makes it clear you’re fundamentally incompetent.”

Read the rest here.


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