From a young age, we were taught to dot our i’s and cross our t’s. Yet, as adults, checking our work for typos and basic grammar is far from the highest priority. While it might not be your highest priority, grammar and spelling are essential parts of your job search.
Hiring managers may see several hundred resumes for one opening. Don’t let poor use of language ruin your chances of landing a job.
Your resume and cover letter should be free of errors.
Having error-free resumes and cover letters is imperative in your career search success. Although important for your career success, don’t worry. You don’t have to be an English teacher to ensure you have an error-free document. Here are 3 tips to ensure you don’t miss out on job opportunities because of spelling and grammar:
1. Keep the tone professional.
The language used on a resume should be different than how you speak on a daily basis. Ensure your tone is professional and you use succinct language in your resume.
2. Don’t misspell words.
Don’t just avoid spelling errors – be sure you’re using the name of the recipient (and company) correctly as well! While not 100 percent accurate, your word processing application likely has a spell check – use it. But beware – spell checks won’t catch improperly-used words. After running your spell check, print out your resume and cover letter, then read through to ensure no typos were missed. Have you ever read something that was technically spelled correctly, but the word didn’t make any sense? That was likely a typo that was missed by a spell check…because it’s actually a word (just the wrong one)!
3. Watch out for a shift in tense.
When describing your accomplishments in a cover letter or resume, use the present tense to describe your current position. For any previous positions, use the past tense (after all, you don’t work there anymore).
Follow these tips and you’re on your way to an error-free resume and cover letter. But, if you need additional help with your resume, contact CornerStone Staffing. Our recruiters are career experts, and will help you prepare the tools and resources you need to find your next career opportunity.