Posted by Abby Welch on Friday, May 23, 2014 - 00:00 | Follow me
Misused words, misspellings and grammatical errors, oh my! Even in an era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, making a goof on your resume can still prove costly. According to a recent Accountemps survey, 63 percent of senior managers said just one or two resume mistakes would eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job. See the full survey results in the infographic below.
The following real-life resume blunders collected by Robert Half, parent company of Accountemps, serve as cautionary tales of what not to do when applying for a job.
- “My last employer fried me for no reason.”
- “I am graduating this Maybe.”
- “Referees available upon request.”
- “Objective: To secure a challenging position and accell in the accounting industry.”
- “Work experience: academic tudor.”
- “Earned a diploma from a very repudiated college.”
(Find more amusing resume mistakes and submit your own Resumania™ examples on Robert Half’s Resumania™ blog.)
To help you avoid making errors in your application materials, follow these six tips:
- Get feedback from others. Ask detail-oriented family members, friends or mentors to proofread your resume and provide an honest critique.
- Print it out. It’s easy to overlook typos or formatting mistakes when reading a resume on a computer screen, so print it out for review. Read it slowly and pay close attention to font styles and sizes, in addition to spelling and grammar.
- Take a break. Before submitting your resume, take a time out and come back to it with a fresh set of eyes. You might catch something you missed the first time.
- Read it backward. Sometimes readers inadvertently skip over parts they have read previously. Review your resume backward to help avoid this problem and focus on individual words.
- Read it aloud. Your ears might catch errors your eyes have overlooked.
- Be cautious with mobile devices. Pay close attention when submitting job application materials through your smartphone, as you might miss mistakes or formatting issues.
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