Error Free Resumes

In keeping with our theme – A New Career for a New Year – I thought it would be appropriate to point out some potential pitfalls to the error-free resume!

Don’t assume that your spell check is a good editor!  How often are words misspelled only to inadvertently form other words? You don’t want to advertise that you were distinguished as the “best manger of the year.”  (A good example for the holiday season!) 

Be sure to read through your resume, and have a trusted friend review it as well.  You never know when “public” may become indecent, or you’ve used “suing” instead of “using.”  The list goes on and on: their/there, and/an, faculty/facility, board/bored…

A tip to consider:  create an “exclusion dictionary” in your Microsoft Office program.  This personalized dictionary will flag a word as misspelled (such as manger), even though the main dictionary knows it as a proper word.

Stay tuned for more tips on making your resume attractive, consistent and easy to read!


3 Responses to “Error Free Resumes”

  1. 1 Al December 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm


    Thanks for the great postings! Love the humor and advice.

  2. 2 Bill Peake February 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I once heard a good presentation and discussion on a C.B.C. Canadian radio interview show.
    The person being interviewed – in giving her tips on how to get hired pointed out to the spelling mistakes that Microsoft Office /Word produces.
    Many people never got hired because of one mistake that M.S. Office does in its spell check.
    As well as being wrong in spelling it shows poor attention to detail and sloppiness of work habits.
    Its always best to proofread the resume . If you have had enough of the process, or are tired, then have another person or a 3rd party check the paperwork for you. It is worth the effort.

  3. 3 keppie February 10, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Bill – An excellent point. After working on such an important document for any length of time, it is more and more difficult to see typos or other silly errors. Always ask someone else to review your resume. Ideally, someone with some expertise and a great eye!

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