Mark Grimm


Want a Job or Promotion? Use Good Grammar.

“If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use ‘it’s,’ then that’s not a learning curve I’m comfortable with.” – Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens

IFixit CEO Kyle Wiens won’t hire people who use poor grammar. Wiens gives all job applicants a grammar test because he finds people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also “make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing — like stocking shelves or labeling parts.”

A new analysis of the writing in LinkedIn profiles draws a correlation between good grammar and professional success. The higher up you go, the better the grammar gets.

Consider these statistics:

LinkedIn Profiles Studied: Grammar Mistakes per 1,000 Words
Director Level or Higher – 8
Below Director Level – 20

Grammarly conducted the study and its CEO, Brad Hoover, said the study “clearly supports the hypothesis that good grammar is a predictor of professional success.” Of course, there are many other factors that lead to professional success. But the report should make us think.

I’m a strong believer in conversational writing that omits much of the bureaucratic speak that bores us to death. But casual writing and good grammar are not mutually exclusive. Why not make good use of them both?

The writer owns a communication business and is an adjunct college professor. Don’t hesitate to contact him for communication help.