The punch in the stomach came three days after I had finished five rounds of interviews at Condé Nast Publications. The last thank-you letter I wrote was to the executive editor.
I quickly got word that the reason I wouldn’t be hired was that I had mistakenly added an “e” to Bon Appétit, which had me spelling the name of the magazine wrong.The spelling error raised serious questions about my abilities and skills, from whether I would be a conscientious co-worker to did I have a solid grasp of AP Style.
Today, with TTYL and GTG’s peppered on everything we read, it’s easy to forget that formalities, spelling and proper grammar do matter. Thank-you letters should be free of grammar and spelling errors – period.