You almost forgot about spelling. What it means may surprise you.

Most people accept that it’s important to have “good spelling” and that it’s especially important for curricula vitae and job applications. Who hasn’t sent off a CV to notice a moment later that you’ve misspelled the name of the company or, worse yet, your own name.

Spelling mistakes survive in the digital era, sneaking past spellchecks and sitting there brazen in an email history. Google estimates that as many as twenty three percent of web-pages have a spelling mistake in the first paragraph alone.

Employers cite attention to detail as the main reason a spelling mistake leads to rejection, but an increasing number of companies have begun to take this a step further because – get this – your spelling mistakes actually reveal a lot about the kind of person you are.

What your spelling reveals about you.

Somebody who is good at spelling tends to be very precise in certain facets of a subject that they have deemed important, usually to the detriment of the whole. They are quick to spot errors and are usually quite vocal about them. They tend to consider themselves very good in bed.

I’m a very good speller.

So, look back at the last three texts, messages, emails that you have sent. What does your spelling say about you?

Mising lettrs
You are usually the first in your group to grasp a subject, especially trickier and more obscure concepts. While you are good at looking to experts for advice and knowledge, your peers can describe you as stubborn.

Ordre of lettres
You tend not to follow the crowd – instead you’d describe yourself as a lateral thinker over a logical one. It means that you’re good at understanding the implications of a situation from the outset. However, your desire to think “outside the box” (a phrase that you hate) does cause you to reject the simple solution.

Using tha wrong lettors
You are very good at spotting similarities between potentially very different things. While this means you’re often very good at dealing with a lot of situations, people have called your assumptions short-sighted.

Fonettik spellin
You excel in spoken situations to the extent that it helps shape your ideas to speak them as words. You are particularly vocal about things that disappoint you. You struggle to understand people who don’t explain what upsets them.

Superfluouous lettters
You are in your element when dealing with emotional matters – either your own or those of your peers. In fact, you are particularly good at predicting how people will react to any given situation and are usually able to adapt to it. People tell you that you need to focus more on details.

To be honest, I find these most useful as diagnostic tools – emotional troubleshooting. Work out your strengths – when you play to them you find your successes (and accuracy!) improve.

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You almost forgot about spelling. What it means may surprise you.

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