Grammar has always been a talent of mine, even dating back to high school. As a senior and a peer leader in my high school, our PE coach would come to me to proofread his tests to make sure that snotty students like me wouldn’t call him out for his grammatical errors. I was naturally talented at writing and linking together beautiful sentences without knowing how I did it. I attribute this to my love of reading and mimicking what the masters have done. It wasn’t until I started teaching grammar, though, that I really understood the rules.
When I was in college pursuing my degree in English Education and learning the ridiculous rules behind our crazy language, I had a smattering of jobs in both retail and the food-service industry. I started out as a lovely sales associate at a shoe store and ended up as a server at a slightly upscale Italian restaurant in Athens, GA- which by the way, I still believe is one of the best restaurants in Athens and fostered my love of expensive red wine and food cooked the right way. It was at this restaurant that I realized the importance of grammar in the working world.
Starting out as a hostess and moving up to both server and bartender, I suppose I had proven myself as a valuable and competent member of the staff. If you’ve ever worked in the food industry, you understand that there is a complicated relationship between front of house and back of house, and as a representative of the front of house, the fact that the kitchen staff actually liked me and would pull special favors for my customers (like rushing special orders or whipping up a special side sauce) spoke volumes. I was in. My manager, one day during a slow day shift that I was bartending, handed me a stack of applications and asked me to look through them. These may not have been his exact words, but it was something along the lines of “Weed out the idiots.” As I looked through the applications, they were riddled with grammatical errors, colloquialisms, and punctuation errors. I understood what he meant by his statements. If you do not take the time to make sure you are presenting your best self, even on something silly like a restaurant application, then what are the hiring managers going to think? I made two piles- the maybes and the absolutely nos. My manager didn’t even look at the nos.
Now that I am a part of Academy and Apothecary with my cousin and best friend, I have realized so many important factors about resume grammar. It is so much more than spelling words correctly and making sure commas are in the right places. Of course that is important, but it is about using your words to reflect who you are as a professional. Using active voice and action verbs subliminally reflects your active role as an employee. It shows that you are active and not passive. Using parallel structure throughout your resume can show your attention to detail and organizational skills. Taking the time to tailor your resume through your diction to the position in which you are applying shows that you are serious about getting “this” job, and you are dedicated to your new venture. Grammar matters! This is one of the important services that we offer with Academy and Apothecary. We will make sure that you are presenting your best self in order to prove to your future employer that you belong in the yes pile. What are you presenting to your future employer?