Grammar Police, Where Were You?
As my Public Service Announcement for the Day, I would like to remind everyone to thoroughly read each and every word in an email, especially if it is a “Thank You For Your Time” letter to a prospective employer.
Oh, and don’t write anything of importance while trying to multi-task… not a good idea!
Late yesterday afternoon, while trying to balance my normal workload, figure out what to cook for dinner and listening to background noise consisting of the television and my boyfriend talk to the AT&T salesman about putting in new cable, I decided to write a Thank You email to a company I met with earlier in the day about a prospective job.
Wrong Idea #1.
I drafted, what I thought was, a very friendly, professional and passionate email describing my excitement for the opportunity to join their team. Like anything I write, I read it over and over and over again, just to make sure it was perfect, trying to drown out all the surrounding distractions at the same time.
Hmm, that looks good… SEND.
As I hit SEND, I noticed an extra little “the” in one of my sentences.
Too late. The email quickly disappeared and up popped my inbox.
Great, that looks real professional, especially when you’re applying for a writing job!
I sat there for a few minutes trying to decide whether or not to send a follow-up email, apologizing for the grammar error. Do I just let it go, or be the corporate version of Mikey in Swingers and email back?
I decided to just let it go. What’s meant to be will be. I just wish Gmail would’ve called the Grammar Police on me!
For those of you job hunting, drafting important letters to clients or writing emails to ex-spouses, don’t do what I did and let your surroundings distract you into sending something you regret. Slow down. Breathe. Read Outloud. Then press SEND.