YES, writing skills are THAT important. Writing is a form of communication that is critical in the real world! You may not be looking for a career as a professional writer, yet writing is most likely going to be a part of your job responsibilities. Whether you are writing case notes for client files, communicating with your coworkers or supervisors, submitting a grant application, or creating a brochure to advertise your agency, writing skills are important. Being able to effectively communicate is a key skill in the professional world and employers are looking for it. If your resume or cover letter has grammar or spelling mistakes, then you’re not likely to make a good impression on the employer. On the other hand, a letter that is clear and easy to read shows employers that you care and put in the time to proofread and revise your document. This study by Grammarly.com (http://www.grammarly.com/about/content/04-press-room/Good%20Grammar%20Will%20Get%20You%20Promoted_03.2013.pdf) found that good grammar could even get you promoted! If writing isn’t your forte, ask a friend to edit or proofread your work. Take advantage of your school’s writing center or ask a professor for feedback on your writing skills. Writing skills are important to your future success!
For more on the importance of good writing skills, see the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grammarly/4-ways-improving-your-wri_b_4554840.html) and the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/13/is-our-children-learning-enough-grammar-to-get-hired).