The photo was carefully staged. He sat all dressed up, smiling, and trying to look as grown up and cool as possible. On his Facebook page he wrote: “Love your lovers; hate your heters.” His unfortunate spelling error shattered the elusive cool facade he hoped to promote.
So maybe spelling skills are still important, particularly with so many people using platforms that depend on written communications and are often used to judge skill and competencies.
Spelling skills can help you put your best foot forward on Social Media, applying for a job, and communicating in general. You don’t have to be a spelling expert...that is what the word processing software is for...but you need to be smart about it.
There typically is a huge selection of options that can help make your writing look as cool as you feel.
--Turn on the automatic check spelling and grammar program that helps spot problems as you type (see the Review tab for WORD). Turning this feature on will help you learn how to write well and improve your spelling over time (and no one sees your errors!).
--Set the automatic SAVE option so that your work is captured every 5-10 minutes or so. If the power blips, you won’t lose everything.
--Check readability or accessibility levels if you want to appeal to the widest audience available. Some places to check include:
--Readability test (copy your text into the dialog box) https://www.online-utility.org/english/readability_test_and_improve.jsp
--10 free readability calculators; Test your clarity with these cool tools, https://www.wyliecomm.com/2018/11/10-free-readability-calculators/
--Readability Test tool for web pages https://www.webfx.com/tools/read-able/
The options within most word processors continue with how the information is displayed, language translations, and some software will even help support special forms of writing, such as technical writing. As you are creating, let the software help take some of the pressure off, so you can tell your story and express your thoughts well.
After all, spelling is king and the automatic speller/grammar checkers can catch many, but never all, errors... Just a few extra steps and this young man would have looked both cool and SMART!
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