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Proofreading Makes Perfect

by Randall Craig on January 29, 2008

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I recently met two very different people: a young man from a small town with an incomplete education, and a senior executive from the big city. In both cases, they sought out education as a way to improve their value, and as a result, their career success.

The young person was reading two books: one on basic english grammar, and the other a textbook on economics. I assumed that the books were required reading for a course, yet when asked, he said they were chosen only for personal interest.

The senior executive had no fewer than 7 degrees and certifications, and was working on his 8th.

In both cases, unfortunately, their resumes contained typographical and grammatical errors. This type of carelessness (especially in your written work) provides an unfortunate first impression, and detracts from your reputation as a continuous learner. It also devalues the investment you made in your education.

This week’s action item: Your value is so often determined by the impressions you leave through your writing, speaking, and general appearance. Instead of taking another course or reading another textbook, spend this time making sure that what you currently produce reflects the quality of who you are. Proofreading makes perfect – or skip it at your peril.

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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