There are many ways to spell Hanukah and, to me, they are all correct. Hanukah isn’t about the spelling; it’s about the spirit of the holiday, its about coming together with family, friends, lights, and some very greasy and satisfying food. When it comes to MBA applications and resumes, though, spelling is critical. I know some hiring managers and admissions officers, who have nearly allergic reactions to typos, extra spaces, missing dashes and grammatical missteps.

When you are working on your MBA application, you don’t want to give the impression that you were rushing to submit, particularly if you were. You must double and triple check your resume, essays, text boxes and every other part of your application to be sure they are perfect. If you’re a native speaker of English or have lived and worked in an English speaking environment, the standards are high and even a few mistakes could raise concerns about your ability to communicate clearly.  Still, it’s ok if the exact use of semicolons or the clearest possible sentence structure are not your area of expertise. Editors are expert in those areas so everyone else can be expert in some other area and still communicate ideas clearly and concisely.

Our minds are far too willing to fill in the gaps with what we meant to write or what we thought we wrote. Even with the knowledge of a professional editor, I wouldn’t publish or submit something without having another editor look it over. I know what I meant to say; another editor can tell me what I actually said.

If you’re applying for the upcoming deadlines, this is the time to get help, whether it is from your friends, colleagues, or professional editors. I’m here to help – drop me a line to hear more about the editing and content review services that I offer. Let’s talk. I’m at yael@admit1mba.com

Hanukah, Chanukah or Hanukkah?

Hanukah, Chanukah or Hanukkah?