Resumes: Take the Time to Proof Them!

By: Maria Alexander | Research Recruiter

Resumes hold an amazing function.  A person can read a one page description of your employment and educational background and make a decision about you that could affect the rest of your life.  I think at this point I have seen almost every style, font, color, layout and embellishment imaginable. Yet, it still amazes me that the person that took the time to color co-ordinate, their resume, used 10 different fonts including Curlz (which I highly discourage by the way), did not take the time to proof and re-proof their creation.

Spell check is not enough, read every line, every phrase, every word, over and over.  Have your spouse read it, your neighbor, your friend, even your mother and make sure there are no errors.  Even the slightest mistake can be the difference between getting that initial call or being passed over for the more meticulous candidate.  Attention to detail is critical in almost every job out there, your first impression must display this and your resume is your first impression when you are job hunting.

There is nothing more disappointing then getting a resume that displays an excellent background, and not being able to pick up the phone and call them for an interview because instead of writing “$30 million in sales annually” they wrote “$30 million in sales anally” (yes, it has happened).  This is a mistake that can not be overlooked, not on a resume.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I often make mistakes and would be completely lost in this world without spell check, but resumes are not a place for errors. When sorting through 100’s of resumes a day, recruiters are looking for that gem that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd, not the grammatical blunder that puts you at the bottom of the list.  My suggestion? Take a moment right now and re-read your resume, it might be perfect already, but what if you missed something?

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