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Good Grammar Is Essential For Sales Jobs

Ever since Kyle Wiens published his post," I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.", on the Harvard Blog Network, everyone here at The Brooks Group has been abuzz about it. Essentially, Wiens argues that he won't hire someone with poor grammar because it's a reflection of their overall detail-orientation. We think he got it right (giving credit, of course, for things like non-native speakers, dyslexia, etc.). Assessing grammar is especially important for filling today's sales roles. The quality of emails, proposals, and memos reflects not only the person who sends them, but also the organization they represent. Written communication is essential to today's sales jobs. The more effectively a salesperson can share thoughts with prospects and customers in an intelligent, tight, and persuasive way, the more successful he or she will be. Maintaining good grammar is particularly difficult to do today. Communication takes place on tiny screens and even tinier keyboards. Txtng has dun more harm to grammar than good. 140 character limits place incredible stress on sentence structure. But the lesson remains the same, despite the pressure to cut corners... The way you write is a window into what it will be like to work with you. Make your writing clear and easy-to-understand. Have you run into a grammar-related challenge in hiring -- or working with -- salespeople? - @JebBrooks