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So Much of Me Wanted to Attract Attention with a Headline: Grammer Tits for Recruiters

But I don’t I have the balls!

What I do have the gutts to surgest, though, is that Im pretty disgusted by the following statt;

92% of recruiters do NOT get their job adverts prooffed

Were doing alot of work around job adverts with our clients right now.  We’ve found out that only 1 in 5 recruiters in the UK have ever received job advert training (at some point in they’re career as a recruiter).  Not a nice stat!

We also hear statements from recruiters like:

  • I have crap application rates – either crap applicants or low numbers
  • Why don’t people read the advert before applying?
  • I don’t advertise anymore as it takes too long and I get crap results

 And from recruitment leaders (face palming)

  • My recruiters can’t spell!

 (…and the same recruiters post poorly written adverts, when no-one is looking, with no keywords, poor grammar, and there boring.  They’re adverts are simply pimped job specs (written by HR teams who have no idea about the role they are recruiting for), added to a LinkedIn status update when the talent is at work too busy to log in to LinkedIn at look at their home fead).

Are Recruiters Illiterate?

No! But I often see great example of this on line:

  • Isle of White – it exists, but not off of the south coast of england
  • Socail Workers – trust me, if you can’t get their job title right, any claims you have of being a specialist in their sector will fall on deff ears
  • Accountant’s job in Surrey
  • IT Manager roll in manchester

Apostrophe Abuse – It's the Cats Whiskas

Yes, I am a grammar nazi (I feel good about myself when I spot a typo).  When I see an apostrophe in the wrong place (cat’s, countrie’s, job’s) I remember my secondary school teacher Mr Jarvis and box analysis, comprehension and the cane if I got it wrong (the good old days’!)

Impossible Grammar for Recruiters

But lets’ face it, the world would be a much better place if grammar wasn’t explained in such complex terms.  Often the site’s out there devoted to great grammar are almost impossible to reed (irony!)

Three Cool Tools for Recruiters Who Want to Be Better Writers

I get that you have all been to school and may not want to openly admit that you didn’t get some, let’s face it, prettie technical grammer rools.  I have 3 cute bits of tech for you to help you and some websites to hopefully help you get this cracked:

  • Title Capialization – you are literally seconds away from getting the capitals in a title in the right place in your proposals and job adverts – be sure to use “Chicago” style
  • Ginger spell and grammar checker – I created a short video on this and my team and I use it regularly to help with social media spelling and grammar
  • Grammarly is pretty cute. Grammarly’s Chrome browser extension helps you write mistake-free in Gmail, Facebook, Linkedin, and anywhere else you write on the Web.

 And a couple of websites to add to your internet favorites / book-marks

 And some fun:

Health Warning for Curry Loving Recruiters

cilantro / coriander!

Be careful to ensure that any checkers you use are set to speak your language.  There are often massive differences between US and UK English (licence / license / favorite / favourite / organise / organize)

Spot any Deliberate Mistakes?

How many errors did you spot in the blog?  How did it slow down your reading of the blog?  If you didn’t know that the errors were deliberate would you think any les of me?  Spot at least ten and you get a free desert with your main cause...


(Thanks UK Recruiter for publishing this post)

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  1. I sometimes wonder if I should bother applying when the job advert contains poor grammar or spelling. I'm in aircraft maintenance, so perfection (or something darned close) is expected. I'm suspicious of organisations that can't even post a job opening without making errors.

    Rob Bolvin

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