Avoid embarrassing typos and insulting grammar errors in your professional communications. It can have a big impact on your career.

If you’ve ever written a cover letter or resume that claims you have “excelent attention to detail,” but you misspelled “excellent,” you can understand the importance of checking your grammar before hitting send on an application. Good grammar helps you present yourself as a smart, capable candidate who can communicate effectively—which is highly attractive to hiring managers.

So if you want to avoid an embarrassing—and potentially costly—grammar blunder, it’s important to conduct a grammar check. Below are four grammar mistakes that continually trip up job seekers and workers alike. Before you send your next email, format your resume or draft a cover letter, be sure to check for these common errors.

1. Eliminate gender-specific pronouns

Gender-specific pronouns can create or reinforce biases in people’s minds. Since you’re likely sending your resume and cover letter to someone you don’t know personally, it’s best to not assume which pronouns they prefer. So stay neutral.

When writing any work-related document, make the subjects of your sentences plural. This will allow you to change the gender-exclusive pronouns (he and she) to their neutral plural forms (they, them or their). If that doesn’t sound natural, revise the sentence to avoid using pronouns altogether.


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