Submitted by Judy Beaver, CCC Volunteer and CCC Board Member


First impressions start with your resume and cover letter. And, the person who’s reading your resume or cover letter may reject you because of a typo. Surprised?

According to CareerBuilder, 61 percent of recruiters will automatically dismiss a resume because it contains typos. Honestly, I’m surprised it’s not higher. When I reviewed resumes, I put resumes that had a typo in the “no” pile.  Allie Gray Freeland explains your resume is “a hiring manager’s first exposure to who you are as an employee.” Her article, “Top 7 Resume Grammatical Errors – And How To Avoid Them,” offers advice for keeping your resume consistent and accurate. What kind of first impression do you want to make?

What do you do to ensure your resume and cover letter don’t have spelling and grammatical errors? Do you rely on spell check to find your errors? Most of the following typos that made it to the funny resumes list wouldn’t have been identified as errors during a spell check:

     Languages: Speak English and Spinach

     My work ethics are impeachable.

     I am experienced in all faucets of accounting.

     Dear Sir or Madman,

     I have a known track record and excellent experience with accurancy and fixing erors.

Funny? Well, not if it’s your resume! Accurancy and erors were identified as misspellings in Word, but most of the errors weren’t flagged because they are words, just not the right words. Would you rather be called for an interview or be added to the list of funny resume mistakes?

Your resume and cover letter are two of the most important documents you’ll ever write. Unfortunately, having one error can be the reason you’re not getting called for the interview.  If you’re applying for a job that needs a person whose qualifications include “pays attention to detail,” prove it with a resume and cover letter that have consistent punctuation, consistent formatting and fonts, and proper spelling and grammar.  If you claim you’re a professional, prove it with your error-free resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter are part of your image. Project professionalism by proofreading your documents so you get the interview!

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