correct spelling for job search


I can't find a dictionary spelling as it is suggested here: jobsearch.

See example:

Many students feel the excitement of beginning the job-search process in earnest after earning their diploma.
asked Oct 10 '12 at 17:16 Kelvin Otis New member

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I think Grammarly is wrong here. Neither the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2008) nor the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th edition, 2011) show job search as a single word. The Oxford Online Dictionaries (both American and British English versions) agree.


The software may be confused by the hyphenation, which is correct in your sentence. The Chicago Manual of Style, which provides the most detailed explanation of the hyphenation "rules," tells us that compounds formed by noun + noun (as is job + search here) is hyphenated when it used as an adjective. It is open (two words) when used as a noun.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Oct 10 '12 at 17:35 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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