Typos Take Away Your Credibility

January 23rd, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I can’t spell!Today I got an e-mail from a buddy pointing me to a typo in my LinkedIn profile. So I go in and find the typo and change “let’s” to “lets.” A simple change.

But since I’m using Firefox 2.x I have this cool little feature that shows me, in web forms, anything that is spelled wrong.

And in that one little section (my summary) I found four more typos. Crud.

I knew my profile was bad, but crud, five typos in one section!

So, from me to you, let me recommend you spend 10 minutes to clean up any low-hanging-fruit problems.

Copy your profile into a Word document and do a spell check. And then fix all the errors.

I’m guessing you will do this and find at least one error. Go check it out :)

  1. 4 Responses to “Typos Take Away Your Credibility”

  2. By Maria Elena Duron on Jan 23, 2008 | Reply

    I agree yet I understand the challenge – even in utilizing technology there are times when spell check “auto corrects” something for you that doesn’t need connection and lets something slide that is visibly incorrect. We would all benefit from a proofreader, right? Great reminder!

  3. By Julie O'Malley on Jan 24, 2008 | Reply

    So I go in and find the typo and change “let’s” to “lets.”

    Jason, I haven’t read your LI profile, but unless you’re talking about leases and such (lets and sublets) the proper spelling DOES use an apostrophe, because it’s a contraction of let us.

  4. By Jason Alba on Jan 24, 2008 | Reply

    Maria Elena, I totally agree… this was just too easy to check. I really need to spend some time to make sure it reads well, and is on-brand for what I really want to convey (answer: it is not, I need to update my profile!)

    Julie, good catch, I had to do a double take to see if I was doing it right… the sentence is: “I send it out once a month and it lets you know what’s going on in my life” … so I think I’m good. Thanks for making me think twice about it :p

  5. By Mario Lopez on Jan 28, 2008 | Reply

    Jason,

    Greetings. Yours, is a timeless piece of advice; I recall reading once on the WSJ the story of a gentleman (Mr. Tim Johnston if I recall correctly) and his struggle to find a new job.

    One of the key issues about his experience, was his ability to summarize everything in a simple phrase I can’t forget: reviewing a resume, is a “never ending” job.

    Well, a few minutes ago, I reviewed my Linkedin profile and I found in fact a typo.

    Maybe a “minor” one but it made me feel a bit embarrased while I was reviewing everything again and solving this “minor” problem.

    Resumes and LinkedIn profiles imply a never ending job regarding changes and updates.

    Best regards. Thank you very much for comprehensive effort to invite us to understand LinkedIn.

    Mario Lopez.

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