Do you ever wonder why you did not hear back from an employer once you
applied for a position? Is it possible that in your rush to get your resume
sent, you made some errors that could have been avoided if you had taken time to
I estimate eight out of every 10 resumes that are submitted to me for review
contain obvious errors. From a recruiter's standpoint, those resumes immediately
end up in the "no" pile. Follow the tips below and you just may find yourself
one-step closer to gaining that interview.
1. Take a break between writing and proofreading.
Give your eyes a rest and let your information sit overnight. This will give
you a fresh perspective on your work.
2. Print your resume.
When you print your resume, you will be able to determine if the formatting
is consistent. You can also double check for potential capitalization and
punctuation errors that may be less noticeable on your monitor.
3. Proofread more than once.
Each time you proofread your resume, look for something different. For
instance, the first time you look at it, search for misspelled words. For the
second review, look for grammatical foul ups.
4. Proofread aloud.
By reading your resume aloud, you will slow down and be more likely to catch
errors you may not see when just looking. This will also give you a better idea
of how the information flows from one section to another.
5. Take it apart.
Look at each word individually and not how they combine with the others. When
you look at the document as a whole, your mind will naturally focus on what you
meant to say, instead of what you actually typed. To stay focused, you can use
two pieces of blank paper to cover everything except for the line you are
6. Read it backwards.
By reading your resume backwards, you are forced to slow down and see each
7. Get help.
Ask someone else to proofread with you. An extra pair of eyes is always
helpful when you are proofreading, especially if you have been working on it for
a long time.
8. Avoid distractions.
Each time your proofreading efforts are interrupted, you are more prone to
skip errors. If you are an e-mail addict, take your proofreading somewhere other
than your desk to help keep those computer distractions from taking over.
Proofreading is an essential skill that should be used each time you apply
for a position. If you take the time to carefully proofread your resume, your
resume might just end up in an employee file, instead of the deep, dark depths
of the trash can.
Jennifer Anthony is the Director of
http://www.resumeasap.com/ offering professional and affordable
resume writing services. If you have comments about this article, or if
you are interested in learning more about professional resume writing,
please contact Jennifer Anthony by e-mail at
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