Assuming this isn't link-bait-- another scary headline to frighten unemployed people into reading it-- this piece is another shining example of why the people who say there is a skills shortage are idiots. There is NO shortage of qualified people-- that there is only a shortage of people qualified to hire.
No offense intended, but there isn't a single point here that isn't inconsequential crap. If I'm looking to hire an English teacher, a writer-editor, a PR person or a proofreader, obviously this matters. Given that this site is called TechRepublic, anyone who would ding a candidate for one of these things should be summarily fired for impeding the company's productivity.
Candidates are already told that they need to rewrite every line of their resume for every posting they apply to. 90% of the time, that resume has to be pasted into some ridiculous application that garbles it. Given that directive, it's not surprising that errors slip onto a resume.
Plus, two of these items aren't errors that people make. The spell and grammar check in Microsoft Word-- which people run because they've been told that any typo is fatal-- often puts the apostrophes in the wrong spots, and it will introduces these errors. I have the feature turned off, because I've seen from experience that it will insist that "there" should be "their." (Libre, Star and Open Office are even worse.)
And, yes, an employer is free to reject an application for any reason. But when they ALSO are complaining that they have all these openings they can't fill-- that there aren't any qualified people-- this sort of quibbling is unacceptable.
By the way, I am, among other things, an award-winning writer-editor-researcher who has nine books (including a New York Times bestseller) to his credit . I've also taught writing in my past and I would agree that most people don't write well enough. But I also know that there isn't a consensus on some of this nonsense (ending a sentence with a preposition) and it has absolutely nothing to do with someone's credentials as a usability engineer or data scientist.
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