The Grammarian is Serious Business

Lifehacker turns to the Harvard Business Review Blog Network for a strongly worded explanation of the importance of the grammarian role.

If you misuse a comma or mix up “your and you’re,” don’t expect to get hired by iFixit’s Kyle Wiens. He’s not the only stickler—a growing number of employers are adopting a zero tolerance approach to grammar. That means one mistake could cost you the job, even if you’re otherwise qualified.

If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me…That’s why I grammar test people who walk in the door looking for a job. Grammar is my litmus test. All applicants say they’re detail-oriented; I just make my employees prove it.

That’s a pretty strong case for why you should bone up for your grammarian assignments and take a grammarian’s advice seriously.

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