Earlier today I put out a listing on Craigslist for a web design job I'm looking to hire someone for. In about 4 hours, I've received about 12 responses so far. These responses follow a typical format:
"I am a designer living in [who cares] and can create for you the greatest website known to man. Please check out some of my clients. I'd love to talk to you further."
Now, more or less, that's what they all say. Here's what I find absolutely staggering: for people doing their best to sell themselves as Web Design Professionals, why are there so many freaking typos in their mails?
And it's not just typos, peeps. There are plenty of these things that I've received that include incorrectly coded hypertext links. Or links that work, but don't actually go to sites that work anymore. Am I crazy to think that you check this stuff before trying to sell yourself by sending someone there?
Ridiculous. It's staggering how difficult some people make things for themselves in terms of freelance work by simply not running things through a spell-checker. Seems like professionalism, much like hand writing, is a dying art.