I love my job as a resume writer. I get to help people and make them shine in times of stress. I can turn a negative into a positive and make my clients feel so uplifted and ecstatic. Without lying or embellishing, I can make anyone look good. In fact, I have one of the best jobs in the world!
One of the chuckles I get each day from people who take advantage of my free resume critique service are the bloopers or typos. It continues to amaze me not only how badly some resumes are written but also the lack of detail when it comes to proofreading.
Occasionally, advertising agencies or marketing firms send a document to market with typographical errors. Once, I even received a flyer from a national brand without the corporation’s brand name or logo. That didn’t set a good tone and the company was inundated with telephone calls.
Proofread, proofread and proofread is the message I want to relay! Here are some examples selected from resumes that obviously didn’t face the scrutiny of more than one pair of eyes:
- Invest in securities, stock, funds and bones
- Expert in Micrisift Word 2000 comptor and speredasheet progroms
- Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45am every morning. I could not work under those conditions.
- I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.
- I left my last job for maturity leave
- Recipient of a plague for Salesperson of the year 2005
- I’m a rabid typist
…… and these are just a few!
Recruiters and hiring managers constantly tell me misspellings, misused words, and grammatical errors are unacceptable, and will eliminate the person from a further read and an interview.
Misspelled words reveal sloppy work habits and lack of attention to detail. I would strongly recommend that you have someone else proofread your resume before you submit it.