Monday, April 18, 2011


> Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that either a person has a knack for spelling or they don't. I LOVE spelling. One of my college roommates figured this out right away, and for years after college, I'd receive phone calls from her, asking how to spell some word (yes, I've dated myself...this was before the Internet became the tool that it is. In fact, now that I think about it, the Internet may have become popular about the same time she stopped calling me for how to spell words! Hmm...)
> Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I received a resume from a soon-to-be college graduate. Even though I currently have no need for employees, I still like to look at resumes and portfolios that come my way. Occasionally, I have colleagues who are looking for designers--and you never know. So I read through it, and found several typos—eek! But it happens. In fact, one of my vendors pointed out one in my own email newsletter last month, and my mom has pointed out a couple in my blog postings (I get a little weak in the knees when I realize my carelessness!) However, in a resume? That CAN'T happen!
> So, while I couldn't give her a recommendation, pass her resume on to someone else, or even keep it on file for possible help in the future, I thought I would give her a little help in editing. You know, give her a better chance with the next resume she sent out. I sent her a carefully-worded email and pointed out the errors: You're pursuing, not pursing. It's an internship, not an interne ship. And the scariest for me as a designer: they're brochures. Not broachers. 
> I received a very nice email in return, thanking me for the time I spent, and for noticing some missed spell words (well, I tried!)

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