This might come as a shock, but the number one resume killer is typos and grammatical errors. (Insert the sarcastic font here). Yes, I know, you are probably rolling your eyes at me saying, “Dianna, I am smarter than that!”. But here’s the thing; no one is perfect, but your resume needs to be. When it is not, assumptions can be made about you and in the sea of hundreds of qualified candidates, employers are looking for any reason to reduce that number.
But don’t fret! Here are 5 tricks to ensure that you avoid any mistakes:
TIP #1: PRINT TO PROOFREAD
Our brains are amazing, but sometimes it works against us. When our brains get used to something in the same environment (i.e. your computer screen), it is not primed to catch errors. By printing (or even changing the font or color), it de-familiarizes your brain so you are more likely to see your mistakes.
TIP #2: READ THE DOCUMENTS OUT LOUD
This is piggybacking on my first point, sometimes our brains work against us and it is easy for our brain to “fill-in” certain words as we read silently. However, when you read aloud, you’re forced to look every single word, not only catching typos and mistakes, but ensuring your sentences read smoothly and make sense.
TIP #3: ENLIST THE HELP OF A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER
If possible, have a friend or a family member read your resume to look for errors. It’s amazing what a second pair of eyes can find. But be careful, people who love us always mean well, but sometimes they don’t have the best advice and listening to too many people at once can muddle our efforts.
TIP #4: USE ONE OR MULTIPLE ONLINE EDITING TOOLS
In everything that I write, I use two online tools to check my writing! My favorites are Ginger and Grammarly. Both tools scan your document for spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, missing articles, comma usage, weak adjectives, and more. You can even upgrade to get advice on context and sentence structure.
TIP #5: HIRE A PROFESSIONAL WRITER
Not everyone in the world is a strong writer, and that is okay. If you struggle with getting your ideas on the page, wordsmithing your sentences, or if you just simply hate to write, hire help! Resume writers are trained to take your thoughts and words and make sure they are represented in the best way on your resume.
Don’t let a silly typo make the difference between getting an interview or not. Take your time and use your resources to make sure that you are representing your best self on your resume!
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