How to do LinkedIn Better . . . Lesson 9. Spell & Grammar Check your Content
I know I bang on about this in almost every update . . .
Spell and Grammar check it! Spell and Grammar check IT! SPELL AND GRAMMAR CHECK IT!!!!!
Well, because we humans are a bit judgey . . . is that even a word have I already broken my rule?!?
If you struggle with the difference between there, their and they’re.
Your and you’re (not to mention yore . . . . but you probably don’t use that very often in a LI profile).
Here and hear.
You need to be doubly and triply careful with your profile.
Because, you do not want to be taken off the shortlist because of something really simple like using the wrong version of a word that sounds exactly like 2 others.
If you have the skills, the expertise and the personality you deserve to have that chance to have that conversation and get that interview.
There are so many pitfalls in the English Language which are designed to trip even native English speakers up let alone if this is your 2nd or 3rd language . . . and hats off to those of you who can speak more than 1 language because I’ve been trying to learn French for 2 years and all I have is a headache and a desire to speak French in every restaurant I go to . . . even if it’s Thai! Mainly because the only thing I am really good at is menus.
So, how do you ensure you get the right spelling?
1. Before you update your LI profile draft your update in word or other equivalent.
2. Then spell check it
- ‘F7’ on Windows.
- ‘Command + Shift +’ for Apple I (??? Sorry not an apple user – try not to judge me)
3. If you have software such as Grammarly use it (I am sure other software is available) - make sure you use the appropriate English language setting depending on where you are – UK, USA, Australia etc. . . . you don’t want to use a ‘z’ when it should be an ‘s’ or vice versa.
4. Is there someone you trust who writes well? Get them to review it and ask them to let you know what should be changed. Use it as a lesson to improve. Like anything the more we practice and we ask, the better we get.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask a 2nd or even 3rd person to review your words after each update. Getting it right is important because this is your 1st impression and you don’t want to be dismissed by Judgeroo over in the corner because you got it wrong somewhere.
6. Cut yourself some slack. If you find a mistake some months after, fix it, learn from it and move on. We are all good at different things – I’m great with words but numbers [shudder] are my nemesis.
Finally, if you are uncertain your current profile is correct copy and paste it into a document or ask that trusted person to review it for you. Chances are at some point they’ll need help with numbers or scheduling or parallel parking and you can then return the favour.
BTW if you think English is difficult - don’t even let me get me started on the French language with ver vert va vers verre - yes this makes my French teacher laugh every time. I think she’s a little bit evil and delights in my Australian non-language brain trying to untangle la langue française but that’s a story for another time!