More than ever, employers expect resumes to be targeted, precise, concise and grammatically perfect. Some of our clients tell us that if they find a typo on a resume, they pass on the candidate. Their belief: a candidate who isn't rigorous in his/her initial presentation, will not be rigorous in the work they do for the company.
So, don't rely on SpellCheck. SpellCheck highlights words that are misspelled not misused. We see many resumes with the word "Manger" instead of "Manager" in the title because SpellCheck recognizes "Manger" as a legitimate word.
Make sure several people read your resume carefully. It is easy for the person writing the resume not to notice left out words or unclear phrasing because he/she knows what they meant to say.
Remember, your resume is your first impression to a potential employer.
Friday, January 8, 2010