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Don’t Let These Resume Spelling and Grammar Errors Sink Your Chances at a Great Job

April 21st, 2017

Your resume is the first thing employers see about you. Don’t let a silly typo undermine your otherwise flawless credentials! Instead, review the mistakes below and make sure your grammar and spelling aren’t sinking your chances of getting the job.

Misspelled names.

Before you hit the submit button, double-check your spelling of the hiring manager’s name in your email or cover letter. Is it Heide or Heidi? Is it Mrs. Smith or Ms. Smith? If you’re not 100 percent certain, pull out the job posting and check it. Likewise, make sure you’ve included the correct spelling of the company name, as well. When you’re applying to so many positions, it can be hard to keep names straight. As Greenville’s job placement experts, TRUE Group knows these are common mistakes hiring managers will definitely notice.

Using the wrong homophones.

Homophones are two words with the same pronunciation but different meanings. Think “they’re and their” and “it’s and its.” These often trip up job candidates, leading to a sloppy resume.

Incorrectly spelled adjectives and action verbs.

Your resume should include bullet lists of your roles and achievements, starting with an action verb – such as “led” or “spearheaded.” But certain action verbs like “achieved,” “initiated” and “acquired” are easy to misspell – and your spell checker doesn’t always catch them. The same goes for many adjectives found on resumes, including those like “knowledgeable” and “committed.”

Inconsistency.

There are certain words with two different ways to spell them. For instance, “acknowledgement and acknowledgment” or “cancelled and canceled.” Whichever option you choose is fine, just make sure you use it consistently throughout your resume and cover letter.

The same goes for formatting. For example, for your employment dates, choose one formatting style (e.g., Feb. 2016, February 2016 or 2/2016) and stick with it. If you don’t – and use multiple formatting styles – your resume will look messy.

So, how do you avoid these – and other – resume errors?

There’s one simple solution: proofreading. But don’t just proofread your resume once or twice and call it a day. Instead:

  • Give it to a trusted family member or friend to read through for errors.
  • Beyond that, it’s also important to read your resume out loud, as well as print it out and proofread it on paper.
  • Finally, take a short break to refresh your mind and come back to read it one last time before submitting it.

Need more help polishing your resume? Check out this post about creating the right type of resume for your job search. And if you’re interested in professional search help, turn to Greenville’s job placement experts – TRUE Group. We can give you access to rewarding employment opportunities at all levels and across many different fields. Simply contact us to learn more or get started.

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