Submitting any type of resume, school report, or work related documents that are filled with grammatical errors and typos are a bad reflection on your professionalism. When it’s your resume, it can be the ultimate mistake. Everyone knows that your resume should be perfect without any spelling or grammatical errors, but most resumes out there are not perfect.
If you only have one small typo in your resume, chances are that a hiring manager will let it slide, you’re human after all! However, three misspelled words later and your resume is on its way to the rejection pile.
You might’ve been the perfect person for the position, but the multiple errors on your resume are telling the company your interviewing for that you don’t take the time to look over your work, therefore, you’re probably a careless employee. It also tells that you lack the fine details to get the job done correctly. In almost any career, these are not ideal qualities.
Ask Yourself “What am I doing wrong?”
You thought using spellcheck was a great idea, however, it depends on how you use spellcheck. If you type up the document, hit the spellcheck button at the end, and either click Accept or Ignore to the errors that it finds, you are using spellcheck the wrong way.
Spellcheck is an automated program. It does not understand what you are trying to say in each sentence of your resume. You understand what you are trying to say so you should be checking the spelling in the document yourself.
Once you’ve got all of your information typed in, take a break and then return to your resume. Sit down with a clear mind and read the resume aloud to yourself. If you stumble over your words, there is probably something wrong with the wording or the grammar. If you catch a typo or spelling mistake, correct it immediately. If you don’t know the correct spelling, this is the right time to refer to spellcheck.
A friend or colleague to proofread your resume will guarantee that a fresh set of eyes is reviewing the document. This is also a great way to find out what impression your resume will give to a hiring manager. If it looks crowded to your friend, it will likely look crowded to a hiring manager. If the wording is difficult to understand for your friend, it will likely be difficult to understand for a hiring manager.
Another great way to perfect your resume writing skills is to find a resume editing service. Have a professional service that specializes in writing and editing resumes lend a hand. They will be able to pinpoint the spelling and grammar errors and show you what needs to be spiffied up. The great part about using a service like this is you can make a copy of your resume the way you wrote it and then compare it to the final draft the resume editing service completes.
Understandably, you want to get yourself into the job market as fast as possible. However, taking these extra steps will make all the difference. If you are being turned down for jobs, you want it to be because they somehow found a better candidate. You don’t want the reason to be that your resume was weak, or full of errors.