We live in a world now that is dependant on social media and text talk could be interfering with professional job opportunities for many millennials. How and why is this? Just how much is text-speak affecting graduates and their chances of getting a job?
A lot of the youth of today are writing the way that they speak through a text on their CV/job application. When a CV comes through to an employer and the language is poorly written, the person is likely to spend just a few minutes looking at the application before being put off. Poorly written job applications and CVs, for example using text talk, really affects the chances of getting a job, so that’s why the writing behind a job application should be carefully thought about.
Senior Lecturer in Academic English from the University of Westminster, Dr. Paul Breen, believes that the way many people are communicating online is having an effect on the way we communicate in the professional working world.
He says: “We tend to communicate in much shorter, fragmented sentences and emphasise things that are very much ‘of the moment’…” This is detrimental to a person’s reputation and can have significant consequences for those choosing to write in this way.
The style of writing that people are using has changed – the grammar, punctuation, and spelling being used are considered as ‘bad’ by many employers and this lazy style is being demonstrated in CVs and job applications. Once this happens, the candidate applying may not be taken as seriously as they should be.
Despite a candidate having many abilities and qualifications, these positive qualities can easily be ignored if a person’s writing abilities are not on-point. The youth of today need to be more mindful of portraying their personality and traits in the best possible light in order to attract the best job for them. Writing in text talk doesn’t show off a very valuable side to any employer.
However, times are changing and it is always recommended to stay on top of modern-day technological trends and social media usage. Study the language used to communicate with a company on an individual level; what may be acceptable for one company may not be for another. Check out online trends, expectations of a job application and then write it with complete confidence and professionalism to suit. (Upgrade your CV too, to match a company ethos and requirements.)
Don’t give yourself any reason to fail an interview just because of a badly-written CV or job application. Leave text talk to the platform of texting and switch up the language and tone to impress the person at hand.
Written by Gemma Smith