CVS / FEB. 19, 2015
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How Typos Can Kill Your Resume


Did you know that just a few typos on your resume are enough to kill your chances of getting a job? Roughly 80% of hiring managers said two or more mistakes can eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job. This implies that quality is of great importance.

Since employers only spend approximately 9 seconds reviewing your resume, you don’t want to give out a bad first impression with typos. This may even let employers form a negative opinion about you and most importantly your work, skills and ethics.

What’s even worse you may be giving out the impression that:

  • You don’t care about the job.
  • You show no respect to the employer or the company at all.
  • You don’t pay much attention to detail.
  • You don’t know how to use spell check.
  • You have bad grammar.
  • You are likely to repeat the errors if you get the job.

In order to ensure you are presenting yourself the most effective way, you need to increase your chances of submitting a resume without errors. Apart from proofreading the document, this articles lists four tips that will help you do just that:

#1 Read your Resume out Loud

Some people find it easier to study for an exam when they can hear their own voice reciting the lecture notes. The same applies to reading your resume. Reading your resume out loud will not only help you remember what you have put in there when being interviewed by recruiters, but will also help you catch up on those words or phrases that don’t make sense and make the appropriate corrections.

#2 Walk Away from Resume and then Read it Again

After you finish writing your resume, make sure to put the document aside for at least an hour until you have forgotten about it. Then have a look your resume with a fresh mind and again read it out loud to make sure you haven’t made any typos or grammatical errors. This will help you identify resume errors a lot easier than proofing the document as soon as you finish writing.  

#3 Ask Someone to Give you Feedback

Don’t forget there is always the option of getting resume writing advice from other people as well. A friend or a career advisor can help you out by reviewing your resume and providing some feedback on what they think should be phrased differently so that it represents you more appropriately. They might even identify possible errors you didn’t notice when you were writing up or reviewing your resume.

#4 Ensure Spell Check is Turned On

If you are using MS Word, you can make your life easier by turning spell check on before you begin writing your resume. The spell check feature will help you reduce the chances of making resume errors correcting grammatical mistakes as you go along. Also, make sure that your resume is either written in American or British English – not a combination of both.

When writing up your resume, you want to make sure you are not hindering your own chances of landing your dream job. Follow these four tips to help you eliminate typos or grammatical errors on your resume and present yourself as the most suitable candidate for the job!

Have you ever had your resume killed because of typos? Your thoughts and comments below please...


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