A couple of days ago, I received the following email:
“I wish to apply as a writer for your company. i am a nigerian and a graduate of the <college name removed. It was typed all in lower case, though.>.By the grace of God almighty i am knowledgeable in my field. this includes such courses as < insert a long list of subjects bearing no relation to anything our blogs cover> please i would want to be involved in articles, term papers and projects partaining to the above areas either to develop and sell or to be paid for writing. thank you.”
Now, what did capital letters do to this guy, do you think, to make him ignore them so thoroughly? And what on earth made him think that we’d be looking for freelancers who write almost entirely in lower case?
(I should probably add here that every time I post something like this, I get comments from people who have trawled through my own sites in order to find typos and point them out to me. Yes, I know I make errors too. Show me the writer who has never, ever made a mistake and… well, I probably won’t believe you. So, when I post these items, I’m not trying to say that I am perfect, or that no one is ever allowed to make a mistake. The fact is, these things happen. Even the very best writers out there are guilty of making the odd typo. I’m just pointing out that when you’re applying for a job as a writer, it’sparticularly important to make sure that you are, at the very least, writing in standard English.)