Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the stupidest resume mistake people make and how easy it is to fix it.
I want to talk with you about 1 of those stupid resume mistakes that people make time and time again. It is incredibly frustrating. It is so avoidable. It’s ridiculous that people don’t avoid doing it more often.
Here’s how to fix it. Ready? Spell check your resume.
This should go without saying, but it is not done. You think your resume is perfectly typed. Sometimes you have “fat fingers.” Sometimes, you just don’t know how to spell the word. Just spellcheck your resume.
I saw a statistic recently. One spelling error can cause a resume to to be rejected. Personally, I wouldn’t do that; I would investigate the person more thoroughly but I’m wondering where else this person got sloppy.
I know clients to think the same way that I do. They’re not necessarily going to reject someone, but they will put that person through a bigger meatgrinder of an interview because they want to make sure that sloppiness is not part of the pattern.
After all, this is where you are trying to create a great impression. If you’re consciously trying to do that and you are not spell checking your resume, what’s going to happen when you are not consciously trying to create a great impression?
Again, take a minute. It isn’t hard. All word processing software has.
Spellcheck your resume. It’s a stupid resume mistake. If you don’t.
Last week, there was not a day they went by where I didn’t have 5 to 10 resumes that had spelling errors in them.
By the way, if there is unique language in your field (for example, in information technology or engineering) and our products and services that are unique to your field, visually check the spelling just to make sure. Sometimes in misspelling the term, the misspelling is a correct word but not the word that you want to use.
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