Resumania™: Watch Every Word When Writing a Resume

By Robert Half December 16, 2013 at 8:00am

When writing a resume, the spell-check function can be your best friend. But don’t rely on it entirely. As we all know, it won’t catch every error. In particular, it’s unlikely to flag a word that is spelled correctly but used incorrectly.

A single misused word may not sound like a big deal. But writing a resume is all about precision — communicating the exact points about your qualifications you want hiring managers to know. And one wrong word can change your message entirely.

These examples from the “Resumania™” archives speak for themselves:

“EXPERIENCE: Perfumed duties such as accounts receivable, accounts payable and data entry.”

The sweet smell of success!

COVER LETTER: “I am quiet positive that my experience will benefit your company.”

The strong, silent type.

“OBJECTIVE: To have a carrier I enjoy.”

Have you considered a job with the Navy?

COVER LETTER: “I am inquiring as to weather you have any jobs open.”

We’re afraid the forecast isn’t good.

COVER LETTER: “Dear Hearing Manager.”

Say again?

“PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Passed president of my neighborhood watch association.”

How fast were you driving?

“JOB DUTIES: Lesion between health insurance provider and employees.”

That’s one way to get under their skin.

COVER LETTER: “Dear Sir/Modem.”

There’s such a thing as spending too much time in front of a computer.

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