You may have such impressive qualifications, a spelling mistake on your resume often means that your application ends up on the ‘no’ pile.
Business Insider asked two resume coaches how to properly review your curriculum before submitting it in hopes of landing that dream job.
We spoke with Dana Leavy-Detrick of the Brooklyn Resume Studio and Jared Redick of Resume Studio in San Francisco.
“In any case, your resume is not a place for spelling mistakes, inaccuracies, lies or avoidable mistakes,” says Redick. Here are four tips to filter the mistakes from your resume:
1. Don’t rely on spell check alone
The spell checker can be a great help if you suffer from word blindness or perhaps dyslexia, but don’t rely on it blindly.
A common mistake, says Leavy-Detrick, is for people to put “manger” on their resumes instead of “manager” in English. The spell checker doesn’t always fix that.
There are also plenty of examples in Dutch. The difference between “you” and “your” is a well-known one. You denotes the direct object of a sentence, your is possessive. If you accidentally write “I like you” on your resume, not every spell checker will flag that as an error.
Space errors also often slip through the cracks. Take the composition ‘long-term planning’. Separately three correctly spelled words, but in Dutch you write ‘long-term planning’. So make sure you don’t use too many or too few spaces.
2. Choose your style and be consistent
For a long time Dutch linguists relied on the Green Book, but there is also the White Book. Many media companies use one of these styles as a basis with a number of specific adjustments.
In your resume you can make the choice when it comes to style. Take numbers. Formally, you would write them out from one to ten, but others prefer to write them down to fifteen or twenty. However, this is not a rule.
You can even choose to count from 1 to 10. The advantage of numbers (not writing them out) is that they stand out in a text – not bad if you want to emphasize a result.
By the way, when talking about distances, amounts or percentages, use numbers: 3 kilometers, €45 and 12%. Whichever approach you choose, be consistent. Not ‘two months’ in one place and a few sentences later suddenly speak of ‘after 4 years’.
3. Read your document, but put it away first
“In any case, read the document twice and at a time when you are relaxed and can look at your text with a clear view,” says Leavy-Detrick. “When I’m preparing a document, I purposely step back to distance myself.So take a break for at least a few hours and do something else before sitting down to go over your resume.
4. Print your resume and read it out loud
“One of the best proofreading techniques is to print out the document, get up from your desk chair, and read it aloud to yourself,” Redick tips. “This helps to fix spelling mistakes and small glitches, but it’s also good for checking your style and expressions.”
In addition, it is important that you do not rely solely on yourself, but that you ask a language-skilled friend to read your CV. A fresh look and a good sense of language do a lot for a text. “A resume is a first impression for employers, so you really have to put your best foot forward as much as possible,” Leavy-Detrick teaches. “Only then will you maximize your chances of landing that dream job.”